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Age Difference in the Cephalad Attenuation of Upper Body Accelerations During Fast Speed Walking
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Age Difference in the Cephalad Attenuation of Upper Body Accelerations During Fast Speed Walking
Jeon, Hyeong-Min; Kim, Ji-Won; Kwon, Yu-Ri; Heo, Jae-Hoon; Eom, Gwang-Moon;
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 Abstract
The purpose of this study was to investigate possible age differences in the attenuation of acceleration in the upper body (from pelvis through shoulder to head) during fast walking. Thirty young and 29 elderly subjects participated in this study. Wireless acceleration sensors were attached on head, shoulder, and pelvis. Subjects performed two trials of fast walking on a treadmill, where the fast speed was defined as 1.5 times of the comfortable speed. Root-mean-squared (RMS) accelerations of each axis were compared with age group and sensor position as independent factors. In the AP direction, the pelvis acceleration was greater in the young and the shoulder-to-head attenuation was also greater in the young (p<0.001), so that the head acceleration was comparable between age groups (p=0.581). In the ML direction, the pelvis acceleration was greater in the young and also the pelvis-to-shoulder attenuation was greater in the young (p<0.001), so that the head acceleration was greater in the elderly group (p<0.001). Insufficient attenuation ML acceleration in the elderly resulting in the greater acceleration in the head may deteriorate the balance control which utilize feedback signals from the sensory organs in head, e.g., vestibular and visual systems.
 Keywords
Gait speed;Attenuation coefficients;Acceleration;Age;
 Language
Korean
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