Honors Senior Theses/Projects

Date of Award

6-30-2019

Type (DCMI Terms)

Text

Exit Requirement

Undergraduate Honors Thesis/Project

Department

Honors Program

Faculty Advisor

Robert Hautala

Honors Program Director

Dr. Gavin Keulks

Language

eng

Abstract

For this project, the Dynamic Systems theory (DST) of motor performance was applied specifically to the elder population, and set of exercise plans for walking and finger utensil usage were researched and manipulated. The most common individual, environmental, and task constraints seen in elders were designed to create a recommended set of movement plans to help maintain motor performance for each skill. With the average age constantly increasing in the United States, more people are living longer, meaning that people must be able to maintain their motor performance for longer periods of time, to ensure continued mobility. The set of movement plans was separated into three categories based on the individual, environmental, and task constraints seen in the majority of situations. There are recommendations of how each constraint can be manipulated, so the constraints that apply most to an individual can be used to produce the most efficient movement. This can be beneficial for many elderly people because it can act as their personal mobility plan to improve and enhance motor performance. It can also help benefit younger people as it can be used as a proactive way to transition into a new stage of life. It is hoped that creating these movement plans will give elders more options to enhance their motor performance to maintain mobility. Additionally, by basing the movement plans on the DST, awareness can be raised about its effectiveness, so that more people can understand and apply it to various aspects of their lives.

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