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Effects of Exercise Poles on Older Adults During Exercise Walking

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT00037167
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : May 17, 2002
Last Update Posted : April 9, 2009
Ball State University
Information provided by:
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)

Brief Summary:
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 or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Movement Disorders Aging Device: Exercise poles Phase 1 Phase 2

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.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Enrollment : 150 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Impact of Running Poles on Older Adult Exercise Walking
Study Start Date : September 2001
Actual Primary Completion Date : April 2007
Actual Study Completion Date : April 2007

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Ages Eligible for Study:   65 Years to 80 Years   (Older Adult)
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 (NCT number): NCT00037167

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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
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Principal Investigator: Martin van Breems Martinus Van Breems, Inc.
Layout table for additonal information Identifier: NCT00037167    
Other Study ID Numbers: R44AR048029 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
First Posted: May 17, 2002    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: April 9, 2009
Last Verified: April 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:
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Movement Disorders
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases