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Andy Champion

Andy Champion is a physical therapist and the OnBoarding Manager for VSTBalance at VirtuSense.

The Importance of Lower Body Strength as We Age 

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The Importance of Lower Body Strength as We Age 

There are three officially recognized systems that contribute to a person's balance and fall risk. They consist of our vision (what we see and our orientation to the horizon),..

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5 Times Sit-to-Stand: A Predictor for Fall Risk

The Five Time Sit-to-Stand Test or 5XSTS is a geriatric standardized testing tool developed to assess specific sit-to-stand transfers and lower extremity strength. It has the..

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Clinical Significance of the TUG Assessment

TUG or Timed Up and Go is a standardized screening tool designed to measure the mobility and fall risk of older adults. It was originally introduced as the “get up and go” in 1986..

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Gait Analysis: Why is Step Length Important?

In part one, we defined cadence and gait speed and how they impact falls.  While these two variables have a high impact on fall risk, there are other variables that can be..

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Gait Quality: Reaching Functional Independence in Older Adults

Ever wonder why elderly people tend to fall more? How can a person's mobility impact their quality of life? As physical therapists, these are questions we try to answer for our..

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