Many people with Parkinson’s disease experience challenges with balance that may sometimes lead to falls and there is evidence to indicate that some aspects of the way we walk may increase the risk of falling. Therefore, the purpose of this research study is to provide participants with information about their walking patterns to help understand if this can improve their walking stability. By analysing participant’s responses to the training during walking we will be better able to understand potential paths for future research and interventions that may be able to preserve balance and prevent falls in this population.
If you have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, have experienced a trip, slip, stumble or fall in the last 12 months, are under 80 years of age and can walk independently, you may be eligible to participate in this research project. Participation will involve attending 2 testing sessions at Australian Catholic University, Brisbane Campus. Each session involves walking at your own self-selected pace in a laboratory for a total of approximately 20 to 30 minutes per session, with the total duration of the session being between 1-2.5 hours.
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