Research Reports: PDF OnlySpatio—Temporal Parameters and Interlimb Coordination for Older Adults When Walking in Shallow WaterDanna-dos-Santos, Adriana Menezes Degani AlessanderAuthor Information Adriana Menezes Degani, PT, MS, Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP/Brazil), [email protected]; Alessander Danna-dos-Santos, PT, MS, Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP/Brazil) Journal of Aquatic Physical Therapy: Fall 2006 - Volume 14 - Issue 1 - p 2-7 Buy Abstract The purpose of this study was to investigate the kinematics parameters of gait for older adults when walking in shallow water. Eight healthy older adult volunteers were videotaped by sagital plane while walking forward at their preferred speed in shallow water (i.e., at the xiphoid process level) and on land. Kinematics results showed a: (1) decreased stride length, walking velocity, and cadence when walking in water, compared to walking on land, whereas the stride time was increased, (2) similar proportion of each walking phase in both environments, (3) similar interlimb symmetry relative to temporal organization, and (4) similar phase lag between legs. The results suggested that older adults walk forward in shallow water using a similar pattern to that used on land and by changing some descriptive parameters. These findings support the use of the aquatic environment for physical therapy interventions such as gait training. © 2006 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.