We are pleased to share the latest article published by the University of Catania that, using our inertial sensor G-WALK, compared the execution of the Timed up and Go test by subjects of different age groups.
The test aims to evaluate mobility through an analysis of the spatio-temporal parameters during the execution of some simple motor tasks of daily life such as getting up and sitting down from a chair, walking and changing direction.
During the study, a group of 80 people of different ages was assessed and a similarity between children (7-12 years old), adults (31-40 years old) and the elderly (60-69 years old) was found, indicating that healthy individuals develop early the skills performed in the TUG, while the slowdown shown during the change of direction phases in older adults may reflect the need to implement adaptations to cope with changes of direction.
These results emphasize the fact that this system can provide essential information for a more complete description of physical mobility throughout the life span and when the test is performed at different walking distances. The wide range of healthy people analyzed in this work and the use of a single wearable sensor make the results useful in establishing rehabilitation programs, in particular for specific anomalies associated with the ability to change direction and the walk length.
Special thanks to prof. Matteo Cioni, to prof. Nino Casabona and to prof. Maria Stella Valle and the whole team that is constantly engaged in research and in the dissemination of innovative studies that use our technologies in different areas and cases.