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dc.contributor.authorBarrett, Roden_US
dc.contributor.authorMills, Peteren_US
dc.contributor.authorBegg, R.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-03T13:05:33Z
dc.date.available2017-05-03T13:05:33Z
dc.date.issued2010en_US
dc.date.modified2010-12-08T08:52:47Z
dc.identifier.issn09666362en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.gaitpost.2010.07.010en_AU
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/35281
dc.description.abstractMinimumfoot clearance (MFC) is the minimum vertical distance between the lowest point of the foot of the swing leg and the walking surface during the swing phase of the gait cycle. MFC is a gait variable that is linked to the mechanism of a trip because reduced MFC for a given step during walking increases the susceptibility to tripping on an unseen obstacle or due to undetected changes in surface height. Given that tripping is a common cause of falls in older persons, this review was undertaken to determine whether ageing and/or history of falls in older adults influences MFC characteristics during level walking. Studies that assessed MFC characteristics includingmeasures of central tendency (mean and/or median), variability (linear and non-linear measures) and shape (skewness, kurtosis) of the MFC distribution were included in the review. The final yield from a search of seven electronic research databases was 12 unique articles that met all the inclusion criteria. Ageing does not appear to alter measures of central tendency or shape of the MFC distribution. However greater MFC variability was observed in older compared to younger adults and older fallers compared to older non-fallers in the majority of studies. Greater MFC variability may contribute to increased risk of trips and associated falls in older compared to young adults and older fallers compared to older non-fallers.en_US
dc.description.peerreviewedYesen_US
dc.description.publicationstatusYesen_AU
dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherElsevieren_US
dc.publisher.placeNetherlandsen_US
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationNen_AU
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom429en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpageto435en_US
dc.relation.ispartofissue4en_US
dc.relation.ispartofjournalGait & Postureen_US
dc.relation.ispartofvolume32en_US
dc.rights.retentionYen_AU
dc.subject.fieldofresearchBiomechanicsen_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode110601en_US
dc.titleA systematic review of the effect of ageing and falls history on minimum foot clearance characteristics during level walkingen_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Peer Reviewed (HERDC)en_US
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articlesen_US
gro.facultyGriffith Health, School of Rehabilitation Sciencesen_US
gro.date.issued2010
gro.hasfulltextNo Full Text


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