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Effects of Exercise Poles on Older Adults During Exercise Walking

This study has been completed.
Ball State University
Information provided by:
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) Identifier:
First received: May 16, 2002
Last updated: April 8, 2009
Last verified: April 2009
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.

Condition Intervention Phase
Movement Disorders
Device: Exercise poles
Phase 1
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Impact of Running Poles on Older Adult Exercise Walking

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Further study details as provided by National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS):

Estimated Enrollment: 150
Study Start Date: September 2001
Study Completion Date: April 2007
Primary Completion Date: April 2007 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:
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.

Ages Eligible for Study:   65 Years to 80 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

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
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00037167

United States, Indiana
School of Physical Education, Biomechanics Lab
Muncie, Indiana, United States, 47306
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)
Ball State University
Principal Investigator: Martin van Breems Martinus Van Breems, Inc.
  More Information Identifier: NCT00037167     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: R44AR048029 ( US NIH Grant/Contract Award Number )
Study First Received: May 16, 2002
Last Updated: April 8, 2009

Keywords provided by National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS):
Musculoskeletal Systems
Protective Devices
Accidental Falls
Frail Elderly

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Movement Disorders
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases processed this record on May 22, 2017