Assessing changes in gait speed, gastrocnemius strength, and center of pressure for individuals living with Parkinson[Single Quote]s Disease

Study ID
STU 042017-001

Cancer Related
No

Healthy Volunteers
Yes

Study Sites

  • UT Southwestern Ambulatory Services

Contact
Staci Shearin
214/648-6564
Staci.Shearin@UTSouthwestern.edu

Principal Investigator
Staci Shearin, M.P.T.

Summary

Within the scope of this research study, the following research hypotheses will be examined:
1. a significant prediction model will emerge for the dependent variables including different predictors and beta weights for the predictors for individuals living with PD.
2. individuals living with PD will have significantly weaker gastrocnemius muscles than their healthy peers.
3. individuals living with PD will have significantly larger variations in CoP than their healthy peers.

Participant Eligibility

1. Adults aged 50-85 years of any ethnicity
2. A medical diagnosis of PD or healthy age matched controls
3. Ability to walk 20 feet, without the use of any assistive devices (regardless of typical use of assistive device) or assistance