This study uses a patented type of exercise poles, developed to assist runners
rehabilitating from lower body injuries. These poles may offer older adults improved
stability, reduced fear of falling, and lessened lower body pain when exercise walking.
Phase 1 (being concluded as of Feb 2002) used 18 older adults to investigate prototype
versions of the running poles. Preliminary results, after 3 months of testing, indicate the
poles are safe and effective. Phase 2 will use improved versions of the poles, which are
currently in development, with a group of around 125-150 subjects over a longer length of
time (12 months). Changes in walking gait quality, balance, strength, body composition,
exercise adherence, and subjective perceptions of wellness will be assessed before, during,
and after the 12 month exercise session.
- Age 65-80
- Normal gait
- Inability to walk continuously for 5 minutes
- Contraindication from a personal physician
- Height over 6'2" or weight over 200 lbs (due to limitations of existing pole design)
- Mild to severe cognitive impairment