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Project: Biomechanics of Locomotion in Elderly People

Acronym: BLEP
Main Objective:
The project has the main objective of developing a set of experimental tools for the study of the risk of fracture in elderly people. The risk of fracture is related to the risk of fall and to bone resistance. The aim of this study is to develop a risk profile that can be used to identify community-residing elderly at high risk of falling and to establish strategies to prevent falls in healthy older adults and to identify the variables associated with an increased risk of falls and fractures. The use of advance clustering techniques for data reduction should allow the identification of the relevant variables for kinematics and kinetics parameters that are fundamental for the maintenance and
development of the balance and locomotion skills of daily live in elderly population and also to identify high-risk groups for falls and fractures. The results of the questionnaire assessment, field tests and laboratory studies should allow the establishment of guidelines for the development of exercise and perceptive training programs.
Reference: PTDC/DES/72946/2006
Funding: FCT/PTDC
Start Date: 01-01-2008
End Date: 01-12-2010
Team: Ana Luisa Nobre Fred, Hugo Filipe Silveira Gamboa, Andre Ribeiro Lourenco
Local Coordinator: Ana Luisa Nobre Fred
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