Sumary of Step length synergy while crossing obstacles found to be lower in Parkinson’s patients:
- A multidisciplinary research group affiliated with the Department of Physical Education’s Human Movement Laboratory (Movi-Lab) at São Paulo State University (UNESP) in Bauru, Brazil, measured step length synergy while crossing obstacles in patients with Parkinson’s disease and concluded that it was 53% lower than in healthy subjects of the same age and weight..
- Synergy, defined as combined operation, refers in this case to the capacity of the locomotor (or musculoskeletal) system to adapt movement while crossing an obstacle, combining factors such as speed and foot position, for example..
- Fabio Augusto Barbieri, Professor, UNESP’s Department of Physical Education and its Movement Science Graduate Program An article on the study is published in the journal Gait &.
- The first author is mechanical engineer Satyajit Ambike, a professor in the Department of Health and Kinesiology at Purdue University in the United States..
- The researchers found that Parkinson’s patients are less able to adapt the position of their feet than healthy people as they approach and cross an obstacle….