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THE CENTER FOR EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT & INNOVATION

GRANT PROPOSAL SUBMISSION

“Effects of Age, Task and Environmental Constraints on Gait in the Elderly”

Principal Investigator:
Dr. Eric G. James, Assistant Professor
Department of Health and Human Performance

Offering Agency:
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
NIH Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Program (Parent R21)

Amount and Project Period:
$ 325,556 over 2 Years

Date Submitted:
November 7, 2013

Project Description:

The present study is the first examination of age-related changes in gait that includes stride speed as a dependent variable and treadmill length as an independent variable. In this proposal a long (7.5 m length) treadmill is used to examine the effects of a wide range of treadmill lengths on gait variables in young (18-25 years), old (60-65 years) and older (70-75 years) adults. Support for the experimental hypotheses will demonstrate the value of stride speed as a potentially better predictor of age-related changes in gait than other gait variables. The hypothesized results will also indicate the need to interpret gait characteristics as reflecting the ability to scale gait dynamics to meet task (e.g., walking speed) and environmental (e.g., treadmill length) constraints. These findings will allow a more accurate interpretation of age-related changes in gait. This will in turn potentially improve the assessment and design of preventive and rehabilitative gait interventions for the elderly.

 

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Please contact Prisci Roca Tipton at 956-882-5722 for more information related to this Grant Proposal Submission.

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