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  • Elderly and treadmills

    Dear All,

    I am interested in hearing opinions on the use of treadmills in the study
    of elderly walking. I am sensitive to the general issues surrounding
    treadmill vs overground walking, but I would like to hear first hand from
    those investigators who have had elderly subjects walking on a treadmill.

    Specifically, are there issues unique to this population that need to be
    taken into account? For example, is there a need for a long habituation
    time? Are unsteady individuals somewhat fearful of the treadmill? How
    have human research review boards responded to this combination?

    Any information regarding special procedural accomodations that need to be
    taken in having the elderly perform treadmill walking (and running?) would
    be very much appreciated.

    As always I will provide a summary of replies.

    Best Wishes,

    Vernon McDonald

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    Vernon McDonald Motor Performance Lab.
    KRUG Life Sciences NASA/Johnson Space Center
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