Acceleration Gait Measures as Proxies for Motor Skill of Walking: A Narrative Review

Pritika Dasgupta, Jessie Van Swearingen,, Alan Godfrey, Mark Redfern, Manuel Montero-Odasso, Ervin Sejdic

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In adults 65 years or older, falls or other neuromotor dysfunctions are often framed as walking-related declines in motor skill; the frequent occurrence of such decline in walking-related motor skill motivates the need for an improved understanding of the motor skill of walking. Simple gait measurements, such as speed, do not provide adequate information about the quality of the body motion’s translation during walking. Gait measures from accelerometers can enrich measurements of walking and motor performance. This review article will categorize the aspects of the motor skill of walking and review how trunk-acceleration gait measures during walking can be mapped to motor skill aspects, satisfying a clinical need to understand how well accelerometer measures assess gait. We will clarify how to leverage more complicated acceleration measures to make accurate motor skill decline predictions, thus furthering fall research in older adults.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)249-261
Number of pages13
JournalIEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
Early online date14 Dec 2020
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2021


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