Muncie, Indiana 47306

  • Aging


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.

Study summary:

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.


Inclusion Criteria: - Age 65-80 - Normal gait Exclusion Criteria: - 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



Primary Contact:

Principal Investigator
Martin van Breems
Martinus Van Breems, Inc.

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Location Contact:

Muncie, Indiana 47306
United States

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Site Status: N/A

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Date Processed: April 03, 2020

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