ReacStep – strength and step training to prevent falls in older adults

 

The ReacStep study is investigating the short-term effects of strength and step training programs on trip and slip responses 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 aged 65 years and over who:

  • are living independently in the community
  • can walk 50 meters without a mobility aid or resting
  • have NO diagnosed neurological diseases (e.g. Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, dementia, etc.)
  • have NO existing conditions that prevent exercise (e.g. severe pain, fatigue, exercise intolerance, heel ulcers, etc.)
  • have NOT been advised by a medical practitioner against exercise
  • have NO history of lower limb, pelvis or vertebral fracture(s) or joint replacement(s) in the past 6 months
  • are NOT currently participating in any other falls prevention research studies

Eligible volunteers will be subjected to attend at least two laboratory sessions in Randwick (i.e. once at baseline and again after 9 weeks) comprised of physical and cognitive assessments before they are randomly allocated into one of two groups. Both groups will be instructed by an exercise physiologist to complete a home-based strength training program, twice a week for 6 weeks. Only one group will also be invited back to NeuRA to complete a ReacStep training program, once a week (45mins) for 6 weeks.

For more information, watch the video below or read the Participant Information Statement.

To get involved or to register your interest, click the button below.

For all other queries, contact the ReacStep team on 02 9399 1255 or reacstep-study@neura.edu.au. HC210350