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Differences between grab rail position and orientation during the assisted sit-to-stand for able-bodied older adults.

Journal of Applied Biomechanics

Author: O'Meara, D. M., Smith, R. M.
Type: Journal Article
Year: 2005


This study compares the effects of grabrail position, orientation, and the number of hands used on the kinetics of assisted sit-to-stand transfers. Participants were 12 able-bodied older adults between the ages of 69 and 88. The study demonstrates grabrail position, orientation, and the amount of upper body contribution influenced the assisted sit-to-stand transfer performance. The outcomes of this study suggest that grabrail prescription requires careful consideration of position and orientation in order to optimize grabrail assistance during sit-to-stand transfer. Includes tables and graphs.

Further Details

Pages: 57-71
Volume: 21
Issue: 1
Accession Number: September, 2011
Keywords: rail, older, research, transfer, bilateral, joint kinetics
Reads: 155