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 widely used by researchers and clinicians for dynamic perturbation training aimed at fall prevention.
How it works:
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 challenge and train all types of balance strategies.