Join Us for a Webinar with OHSU’s Dr. Fay Horak and Dr. Martina Mancini
APDM presents “Turning Control: A Dynamic Balance Functional Activity”
A webinar covering the significance and challenge of controlling turning, or locomotion on a curved trajectory, for rehabilitation of dynamic balance.
We discuss the physiology and biomechanics of turning and what goes wrong with turning ability in the elderly and patients with Parkinson’s disease. We show how measurement of turning with body-worn sensors has provided insight into the frequency and quality of turning in everyday life and how it relates to fall risk and neurological impairments. A better understanding of turning as a complex motor skill will help physical therapists develop more effective, innovative approaches to rehabilitation of mobility and reduce risk of falls.
Limited space available! Click here to register.
$39 – 1 CEU
Recently published in by the Gerontological Society of America in the Journals of Gerontology: Medical Sciences – “Continuous Monitoring of Turning Mobility and Its Association to Falls and Cognitive Function: A Pilot Study” by Martina Mancini, Heather Schlueter, Mahmoud El-Gohary, Nora Mattek, Colette Duncan, Jeffrey Kaye, and Fay B. Horak.
This pilot study showed interesting results – The team found that the quality of turning was significantly compromised in recurrent fallers compared with nonfallers. The activity rate and mean number of steps remained relatively similar in compared groups, and future falls were related to an increased variability of number of steps in turn. The team also concluded that continuous monitoring of turning characteristics, while walking during daily activities, is feasible in older people. Turning in real life is more sensitive to fall risk than prescribed turning tasks.
Learn about this study and more in our webinar!