Lateral stability and falls in older people

Exerc Sport Sci Rev. 2003 Oct;31(4):182-7. doi: 10.1097/00003677-200310000-00005.


Aging changes in specific neuromusculoskeletal factors affecting protective stepping and other balance functions may precipitate lateral instability and falls. Identification of these factors provides directives for novel therapeutic interventions to reduce fall risk in older people.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Accidental Falls* / prevention & control
  • Aged
  • Biomechanical Phenomena
  • Humans
  • Motor Skills / physiology
  • Physiology / methods
  • Postural Balance / physiology*
  • Sensation Disorders / physiopathology*
  • Walking / physiology