Effect of square stepping exercise for older adults to prevent fall and injury related to fall: Systematic review and meta-analysis of current evidences

Berihu Fisseha, Balamurugan Janakiraman, Asmare Yitayeh, Hariharasudhan Ravichandran

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Falls and fall related injuries become an emerging health problem among older adults. As a result a review of the recent evidences is needed to design a prevention strategy. The aim of this review was to determine the effect of square stepping exercise (SSE) for fall down in-jury among older adults compared with walking training or other exer-cises. An electronic database search for relevant randomized control trials published in English from 2005 to 2016 was conducted. Articles with outcome measures of functional reach, perceived health status, fear of fall were included. Quality of the included articles was rated us-ing Physiotherapy Evidence Database (PEDro) scale and the pooled ef-fect of SSE was obtained by Review Manager (RevMan5) software. Significant effect of SSE was detected over walking or no treatment to improve balance as well to prevent fear of fall and improve perceived health status. The results of this systematic review proposed that SSE significantly better than walking or no treatment to prevent fall, prevent fear of fall and improve perceived health status.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-29
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Exercise Rehabilitation
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Balance
  • Fall
  • Older adults
  • Square stepping exercise
  • Strength

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