The effect of trial frames on adaptive gait

Timmis, Matthew A. and Turner, Kieran and Latham, Keziah (2015) The effect of trial frames on adaptive gait. Gait and Posture, 41 (1). pp. 332-334. ISSN 1879-2219

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Purpose: Research investigating how vision affects adaptive gait typically tests participants whilst wearing their own spectacles or whilst wearing trial case lenses mounted in a trial frame. Trial frames are temporary frames allowing different lenses to be inserted, permitting different visual conditions to be simulated. Trial frames occlude part of the wearer's peripheral visual field. The current study investigated how use of trial frames affects adaptive gait. Methods: Fifteen participants (age 25 ± 5 years) with normal uncorrected vision negotiated a single floor based obstacle habitually (not wearing a trial frame) or wearing trial frames which occluded part of the lower visual field (half-eye) or circumferential peripheral visual field (full aperture). No lenses were used in the trial frames. Analysis assessed visual field occlusion and the kinematics of obstacle crossing. Results: Visual field was reduced wearing either trial frame. Compared to the habitual condition, participants wearing either type of trial frame lifted their foot significantly higher over the obstacle and increased the time taken to step over the obstacle; a result of uncertainty regarding the precise location (height) of the obstacle due to the occlusion of visual information from the inferior visual field. There were no differences in obstacle crossing between trial frame conditions. Conclusions: Wearing either full or half eye trial frames can in itself influence adaptive gait. Whilst consideration needs to be given to the visual correction that participants wear during gait research, the method of mounting these lenses also requires consideration.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Vision, Gait, Obstacle crossing, Trial frame, Visual field
Faculty: ARCHIVED Faculty of Science & Technology (until September 2018)
Depositing User: Repository Admin
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2015 10:28
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 16:15

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