MS-SAFE

RESEARCH STUDY

STEPPING TO AVOID FALL EVENTS IN MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS

 

The MS-SAFE study aims to investigate: 

  • the effects of step training on preventing falls in people with
    multiple sclerosis (MS).

You can help our research if you:

  • are 18 or older
  • have stable MS (no relapse in the past month)
  • are active and independent in daily living

If you take part in the study you would:

  • visit NeuRA in Randwick twice over 2 weeks.
  • be assessed with your fall risk and
    ability to recover balance after trips and slips (the photo).
  • practice stepping after trips and slips, or stepping over obstacles.
  • receive summary results of your fall risk profile.

EXPRESSION OF INTEREST

Please contact:

Yoshi Okubo

Phone: (02) 9399 1065

E-mail: y.okubo@neura.edu.au

Reactive step training at NeuRA

 

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ReacStep – novel balance training programs to prevent falls in older adults

The ReacStep study is investigating the short-term effects of two balance training programs (i.e. reactive balance training and conventional balance training) on balance recovery from slips and trips in older adults. These programs are designed from evidence-based research and offer a challenging and unique experience to improving balance. The ReacStep team are calling on volunteers who: are aged 65 and over living independently in the Sydney metropolitan community can walk 500m comfortably with mobility aids or rest have not been advised by a medical practitioner not to exercise have no neurological conditions (e.g. Parkinson’s Disease, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, dementia, etc.) have no history or lower limb, pelvic or vertebral fracture(s) and/or lower limb joint replacement(s) in the past 6 months have no other existing conditions that may prevent them from exercising (e.g. injury, pain, fatigue, etc.) Eligible volunteers will be subjected to a health and safety screening before they are enrolled and randomly allocated into one of the two groups. Both groups will undertake a 3-week training program with an exercise physiologist, at NeuRA (i.e. in Randwick) as well as a balance recovery assessment at the 4-week time point. Reactive balance training involves intentionally stepping on a sliding tile, stepping over obstacles, trigger-release recovery as well as strength training. Participants will be wearing a full-body safety harness to ensure safety. Conventional balance training involves keeping balance in varying foot positions (i.e. feet together, in tandem or on one leg) whilst performing secondary tasks such as throwing a ball, card sorting, solving a maze or playing computer games. For more detailed information, read the Participant Information Statement and watch the video below. To get involved or to register your interest, click HERE. For all other queries, please contact the ReacStep Team on 02 9399 1002 or reactstep-study@neura.edu.au. HC210350 https://youtu.be/55q5pK0kjqY
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