Does physical exercise improve obstacle negotiation in the elderly? A systematic review

Archives of Gerontology & Geriatrics

February 11, 2016

Eliane C. Guadagnin, Emmanuel S. da Rocha, Jacques Duysens, Felipe P. Carpes



Physical exercise improves walking in the elderly but much less is known about its effect on more challenged gait, such as obstacle negotiation. We conducted a systematic review to discuss the effects of regular physical exercise on kinematics and kinetics of obstacle negotiation in the elderly.


A comprehensive literature search revealed 859 citations for review, whereof 206 studies entered the full-text analysis. After application of inclusion and exclusion criteria, 13 studies were included in this systematic review…

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