Texting While Walking Induces Gait Pattern Alterations in Healthy Older Adults

Pau M
First
Conceptualization
;
Porta M
Second
Formal Analysis
;
Pilloni G
Formal Analysis
;
Fastame M. C.
Member of the Collaboration Group
;
Hitchcott P. K.
Penultimate
Member of the Collaboration Group
;
Penna M. P.
Last
Member of the Collaboration Group
2018

Abstract

The use of a mobile phone for texting purposes results in distracted walking which may lead to injuries. In particular, texting while walking has been shown to induce significant alterations in gait patterns. This study aimed to assess whether changes in the main spatio-temporal parameters of gait when simultaneously engaged in texting on a smartphone and walking are different in older adults relative to young and middle- aged individuals. A total of 57 participants divided in three groups (19 older adults aged over 65, 19 young aged 20-40 and 19 middle-aged aged 41-64) were tested in two conditions: walking, and walking while texting on a smartphone. Spatio-temporal parameters of gait were assessed using a wearable accelerometer located on the lower back. The results show that texting induced similar reduction of gait speed, stride length and cadence in all groups. Slight (although significant) alterations of stance, swing and double support phases duration were found only for middle-aged participants. Such findings suggest that modifications of gait patterns due to texting seem unaffected by age, probably due to different perceptions of the cognitive complexity of the task and differential prioritization of its motor and cognitive aspects.
Inglese
Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting
Sage
62
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1908
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http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1541931218621433
62nd Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, HFES 2018
Contributo
Esperti anonimi
1-5 Ottobre 2018
Philadelphia (PA), USA
internazionale
scientifica
no
4 Contributo in Atti di Convegno (Proceeding)::4.1 Contributo in Atti di convegno
Pau, M; Porta, M; Pilloni, G; Corona, F; Fastame, M. C.; Hitchcott, P. K.; Penna, M. P.
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4.1 Contributo in Atti di convegno
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