of postural threat and the potential consequences of obstacle
on the obstacle negotiation kinematics among younger and older adults wereexamined. Seventeen older (OA; 7 males, 10 females; mean age,
± 4.85) and
younger adults (YA; 5 males, 10 females; mean age,
± 2.77) negotiatedvirtual and real obstacles while walking at a self-determined velocity along a 7.2mwalkway
4 different conditions of postural threat. Postural threat wasmanipulated by varying the
of the walkway. Postural threat altered crossingkinematics for all subjects.
age-related differences emerged withincreasing postural threat, however die changes observed among older adults wereconsiderably different from those of younger adults. Additionally, there was an
the potential consequences of obstacle contact, however, no age-related
emerged. These results revealed an
for postural threat and obstacle
on the negotiation strategies of younger and older adults.
postural threat and obstacle characteristics
conservative crossing kinematics inyounger and older adults.
these findings illustrate age-dependent
in obstacle negotiation strategies and that postural threat affects olderadults differently than younger adults whereas the potential consequences of
affects younger and older adults equally.