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Fall History and Associated Physical Performance Measures in Competitive Senior Athletes

Jordre, Becca PT, DPT, GCS, CEEAA, Cert MDT; Schweinle, William PhD; Oetjen, Sarah PT, DPT; Dybsetter, Nichole PT, DPT; Braun, Miranda PT, DPT

Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation: January/March 2016 - Volume 32 - Issue 1 - p 1–16
doi: 10.1097/TGR.0000000000000086
The Aging Athlete

Topic Investigated: Physical performance measure outcomes most associated with falls in senior athletes.

Subjects: A total of 928 senior athletes.

Variables: Fall history, Single Leg Stance Eyes Open, Single Leg Stance Eyes Closed, Single Leg Stance on Foam, Functional Reach, Usual and Fast Gait Speed, Five Times Sit-to-Stand Test, and Grip Strength. Data were analyzed with logistic regression and receiver operating characteristic curve analyses.

Results and Conclusions: Combined failure, as determined by cut scores, on Single Leg Stance Eyes Closed and on Foam was most associated with a recent history of falls. Performance on the Five Times Sit-to-Stand Test was also highly associated.

Department of Physical Therapy (Dr Jordre) and Physician Assistant Studies (Dr Schweinle), University of South Dakota School of Health Sciences, Vermillion; Cottonwood, Minnesota (Dr Oetjen); Department of Physical Therapy, UnityPoint Health, St. Luke's, Sioux City, Iowa (Dr Dybsetter); and Department of Physical Therapy, Sanford Health, Sioux Falls, South Dakota (Dr Braun).

Correspondence: Becca Jordre, PT, DPT, GCS, CEEAA, Cert MDT, Department of Physical Therapy, University of South Dakota School of Health Sciences, 414 E. Clark St, Vermillion, SD 57069 (

This project was supported by Department of Physical Therapy, University of South Dakota School of Health Sciences.

The authors report no conflicts of interest.

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