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Title:

Factors influencing dynamic prioritization during dual-task walking in healthy young adults

Author(s):

Kelly VE, Eusterbrock AJ, Shumway-Cook A

Year:

2013

Publication Info:

Gait Posture, 37(1):131-134

Abstract:

Appropriate prioritization during dual-task walking is necessary to achieve task goals and maintain walking stability. We examined the effects of increased walking task difficulty on dual-task walking prioritization in healthy young adults. Walking under simple usual-base conditions was similar between equal-focus and cognitive-focus instructions, but these differed from walking-focus instructions, consistent with cognitive task prioritization. In contrast, narrow-base walking was similar between equal-focus and walking-focus instructions, but these differed from cognitive-focus instructions. This shift in prioritization with increasing walking task difficulty suggests that prioritization is dynamic and flexible.

Link to Article:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22940543


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