- Falls are a leading cause of injury for older adults, with prevention through physical exercise viewed as one of the most effective approaches.
- A randomized clinical trial aimed to evaluate the effects of a four-session treadmill PBT intervention compared to regular treadmill walking on daily-life fall rates among community-dwelling older adults.
- Perturbation training did not have a substantial effect on daily-life fall rates, but it may help to reduce laboratory fall rates for older adults.
- The study included 140 community-dwelling older adults with a mean age of 72 years, and those in the intervention arm were given four 20-minute PBT sessions in total.
- The investigators suggested developing more task-specific treadmill perturbations to facilitate clinically feasible and more effective PBT.