Listening Time — 15:10
A new study assessing balance, gait quality, and fall risk.
Editor-in-Chief Alan Jette interviews Jaap van Dieën about his recently published randomized controlled trial, which assessed the gait performance and self-efficacy of 70 older adults at risk of falling after four weeks of treadmill training with or without perturbations. While both groups improved in gait quality and balance, the perturbation group showed a decrease in concerns and fears about falling. Van Dieën is co-author of the article "Effects of Perturbation-Based Treadmill Training on Balance Performance, Daily-Life Gait, and Falls in Older Adults: REACT Randomized Controlled Trial."
Alan M. Jette, PT, PhD, FAPTA, is editor-in-chief of PTJ: Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Journal.
Jaap van Dieën, PT, PhD, is a full professor in the Department of Human Movement Sciences, Faulty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences, Vrije Universitet Amsterdam, Amsterdam Movement Sciences, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.