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Locomotion and Posture in Older Adults: The Role of Aging and Movement Disorders, ISBN-13: 978-3319489797



  • Format: PDF
  • Publisher: ‎ Springer; 1st ed. 2017 edition (February 17, 2017)
  • Language: ‎ English
  • 474 pages
  • ISBN-10: ‎ 3319489798
  • ISBN-13: ‎ 978-3319489797


“Given the morbidity and mortality that accompany gait dysfunction, this is an important book for anyone caring for an individual with locomotion or postural disorders. … The audience is anyone with an interest in posture and gait research or therapeutic interventions, from students to researchers to clinicians, who can take the information presented in the book and apply it to daily practice.” (Lauren Vernese, Doody’s Book Reviews, January, 2018)

From the Back Cover

The aim of this book is to highlight the influence of different aspects on planning, controlling and performing locomotion and posture tasks. In attempting to improve current knowledge in this field, invited authors present and discuss how environmental, sensorial, motor, cognitive and individual aspects influence the planning and performance of locomotor and postural activities. The major thrust of the book is to address the mechanisms involved in controlling and planning motor action in neurological healthy individuals, as well as in those who suffer from movement disorders or face the effects of aging, indicating the aspects that impair locomotion and postural control. In addition, new technologies, tools and interventions designed to manage the effects of aging and movement disorders are presented in the book.

About the Author

Fabio Augusto Barbieri: Assistant professor at the Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP) – Faculty of Sciences – Department of Physical Education (Bauru, Brazil) and professor of the graduate program in Human Motor Sciences at the UNESP. Physical Education degree (2004) and master degree in Human Motor Sciences (2007) by the UNESP. PhD in Human Motor Sciences by the UNESP (2012) and PhD in Human Movement Science by the Vrije University (Amsterdam, the Netherlands – 2013). Postdoctoral fellowship in Physical Education at the UNESP (2015). Main research interests are aimed at understanding the biomechanics and motor control of human movement, mainly walking and posture, in healthy individuals and people with neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson disease.

Rodrigo Vitório: Postdoctoral Fellow and professor of the graduate program in Human Movement Science at Universidade Estadual Paulista – UNESP (Rio Claro, Brazil). Bachelor in Physical Education (2006), Master of Science (2009) and Ph.D. (2015) in Human Movement Science. Has worked as Research Assistant at the Movement Disorders Research and Rehabilitation Centre at Wilfrid Laurier University (Waterloo, Canada – 2013). Main research interests are focused on (i) how visual information is used for the control of locomotion in patients with Parkinson’s disease; (ii) how Parkinson’s disease and its progression affect the ability to avoid obstacles while walking; (iii) the prediction of falls in patients with Parkinson’s disease and older adults.


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