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The effect of a cognitive inhibition task on gait performance during self-paced treadmill walking

Mashabi, Abdulrhman, Al Balushi, Hilal, Postans, Mark and Al-Amri, Mohammad ORCID: 2017. The effect of a cognitive inhibition task on gait performance during self-paced treadmill walking. Presented at: XXVI Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics, Brisbane, Australia, 23 -27 July 2017.

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Gait analysis can be used to predict health status in the elderly (1). Gait is no longer postulated as a totally automated motor task. It requires multiple executive function processes to utilise safe and efficient gait (2). With advanced age, executive function declines, which is linked to an increase in gait variability and fall-risk. Dual-task paradigms have been introduced to explore the automaticity of gait by challenging inhibition and/or attention (i.e. executive function). The utility of using dual-tasking has become more evident (2). However, the great variability of the dual-tasking paradigms limits its use in clinical gait assessment. There is also a lack of evidence for the consistency of dual-task effects upon gait performance. This may be due to the limited number of consecutive strides included during over-ground walking and effects of treadmill’s speed on gait patterns (3). The aim of this study was, therefore, to explore the effect of an inhibition response task on gait performance during selfpaced treadmill walking and the consistency of gait measurements between days.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Date Type: Completion
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
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