Title
Development of independent locomotion in children with a severe visual impairment Development of independent locomotion in children with a severe visual impairment
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Sciences. Biology
Publication type
article
Publication
New York, N.Y. ,
Subject
Biology
Human medicine
Source (journal)
Research in developmental disabilities. - New York, N.Y.
Volume/pages
32(2011) :6 , p. 2069-2074
ISSN
0891-4222
ISI
000296304000006
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Locomotion of children and adults with a visual impairment (ages 144, n = 28) was compared to that of age-related individuals with normal vision (n = 60). Participants walked barefoot at preferred speed while their gait was recorded by a Vicon® system. Walking speed, heading angle, step frequency, stride length, step width, stance phase duration and double support time were determined. Differences between groups, relationships with age and possible interaction effects were investigated. With increasing age overall improvements in gait parameters are observed. Differences between groups were a slower walking speed, a shorter stride length, a prolonged duration of stance and of double support in the individuals with a visual impairment. These may be considered either as adaptations to balance problems or as strategies to allow to foot to probe the ground.
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