ActiveStep® is an instrumented treadmill that uses rapid belt movements to induce slips, trips, and falls.

Based on over 25 years of NIH-funded research, ActiveStep is used by researchers and clinicians for dynamic perturbation training aimed at fall prevention.

ActiveStep® treadmill, support arch and computer cart

How it works:

Walking and Standing

Maintaining dynamic balance is a difficult task that requires extensive neuromuscular integration. In minimally challenging balance situations, movements at the ankle and hip can control the location of the center of mass in order to keep it over the base of support. Larger, more intense perturbations require a step strategy to relocate the base of support. Falls occur when these recovery strategies fail.

ActiveStep is designed to research, challenge, and train all types of balance strategies.

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