Locomotion and Posture in Older Adults

The Role of Aging and Movement Disorders

  • Fabio Augusto Barbieri
  • Rodrigo Vitório

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Background Concepts to Motor Control in Aging and Movement Disorders

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Renato Moraes, Eliane Mauerberg-deCastro
      Pages 3-20
    3. Henrique Ballalai Ferraz, Roberta Arb Saba
      Pages 21-31
    4. Quincy J. Almeida
      Pages 33-41
  3. Walking

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 43-43
    2. Luis Mochizuki, Sandra Aliberti
      Pages 45-54
    3. Mark Hollands, Kristen Hollands, Shirley Rietdyk
      Pages 55-72
    4. Emerson Sebastião, Flávia Gomes de Melo Coelho, Carla Manuela Crispim Nascimento, Larissa Pires de Andrade, Jessica Rodrigues Pereira, Sebastião Gobbi
      Pages 73-90
    5. Rodrigo Vitório, André Macari Baptista
      Pages 115-128
    6. Frederico Pieruccini-Faria, Carolina R. A. Silveira, Quincy J. Almeida
      Pages 129-141
    7. Paulo Cezar Rocha dos Santos, Diego Orcioli-Silva, Lucas Simieli, Vinicius I. A. Pereira, Fabio A. Barbieri
      Pages 143-159
    8. Fabio A. Barbieri, Carolina Menezes Fiorelli, Tiago Penedo, Pedro Henrique Alves de Paula, Lucas Simieli, Gabriel Felipe Moretto et al.
      Pages 161-175
    9. Lilian Teresa Bucken Gobbi, Juliana Lahr, Diego Alejandro Rojas Jaimes, Mayara Borkowske Pestana, Paulo Henrique Silva Pelicioni
      Pages 177-193
  4. Posture

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 195-195
    2. Ana Maria Forti Barela, Sarah Caporicci, José Angelo Barela
      Pages 209-218
    3. Sérgio Tosi Rodrigues, Gisele Chiozi Gotardi, Stefane Aline Aguiar
      Pages 219-236
    4. Jaap H. van Dieën, Mirjam Pijnappels
      Pages 237-262
    5. Paula Fávaro Polastri, Daniela Godoi, Karina Gramani-Say
      Pages 263-277
    6. Anne Tiedemann, Catherine Sherrington
      Pages 279-290
    7. Ellen Lirani-Silva, Victor Spiandor Beretta, Alejandra Maria Franco Jimenez, Lilian Teresa Bucken Gobbi
      Pages 307-322
    8. Madeleine E. Hackney, Joe Nocera, Tricia Creel, Mary Doherty Riebesell, Trisha Kesar
      Pages 323-346
  5. Technology and Rehabilitation Applied to Locomotion and Posture

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 347-347
    2. Paula Hentschel Lobo da Costa, Marcus Fraga Vieira
      Pages 349-370
    3. Cynthia Yukiko Hiraga, Maria Georgina Marques Tonello, Ana Maria Pellegrini
      Pages 371-384
    4. Kaylena A. Ehgoetz Martens, James M. Shine, Simon J. G. Lewis
      Pages 397-416
    5. Mark V. Albert, Ilona Shparii, Xiaolu Zhao
      Pages 417-426
    6. Selma Papegaaij, Tibor Hortobágyi
      Pages 427-444
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 445-457

About this book


This book is an attempt to advance the discussion and improve our understanding about the effects of aging and movement disorders on motor control during walking and postural tasks. Despite these activities are performed daily, there is a high requirement of motor and neural systems in order to perform both tasks efficiently. Both walking and posture require a complex interaction of musculoskeletal and neural systems. However, the mechanisms used to control these tasks, as well as how they are planned and coordinated, are still a question of discussion among health professionals and researchers. In addition, this discussion is more interesting when the effects of aging are included in the context of locomotion and the postural control. The number of older individuals is 841 million in 2015, which is four times higher than the 202 million that lived in 1950. Aging causes many motor, sensorial and neural deficits, which impair locomotion and postural control in the elderly. The severity of this framework is worsened when the aging goes along with a movement disorder, such as Parkinson disease, Chorea, Dystonia, Huntington disease, etc. 

Therefore, the aim of this book is to highlight the influence of different aspects on planning, controlling and performing locomotion and posture tasks. In attempting to improve current knowledge in this field, invited authors present and discuss how environmental, sensorial, motor, cognitive and individual aspects influence the planning and performance of locomotor and postural activities. The major thrust of the book is to address the mechanisms involved in controlling and planning motor action in neurological healthy individuals, as well as in those who suffer from movement disorders or face the effects of aging, indicating the aspects that impair locomotion and postural control. In addition, new technologies, tools and interventions designed to manage the effects of aging and movement disorders are presented in the book.



Motor control Movement disorders Aging Rehabilitation Elderly Movement Gait Parkinson

Editors and affiliations

  • Fabio Augusto Barbieri
    • 1
  • Rodrigo Vitório
    • 2
  1. 1.Universidade Estadual Paulista (Unesp)Department of Physical Education, Human Movement Research Laboratory – MOVI-LABCampus BauruBrazil
  2. 2.Universidade Estadual Paulista (Unesp)Department of Physical Education, Posture and Gait Studies Lab (LEPLO)Campus Rio ClaroBrazil

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-48979-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-48980-3
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