The Influence of Information Acquisition Strategies on Foot Proprioception and Obstacle Avoidance Pattern in People with Low Vision

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to understand the influence of various information acquisition strategies on foot proprioception and obstacle avoidance in people with low vision. Ten adult males (41.0 ± 7.1 years) with pigmentary retinal degeneration were recruited for this study. Participants acquired obstacle information (obstacle height: 4 cm and 15 cm) through three different strategies, namely, front (A), downward (B), and tactile (C). Subsequently, the participants performed two different tasks; Task 1: After identification of the obstacles, the participants reproduced the obstacle height by lifting their foot while standing still (10 times). Task 2: Following the acquisition of the obstacle information through conditions B and C, participants performed obstacle step-over from a standing position. In task 1, condition B showed significantly higher toe-rise and coefficient of variance in toe-rise (p < 0.05) than in conditions A and C, which both displayed similar toe-rise. Likewise, in task 2, the highest points of the leading and trailing feet while stepping over the obstacle were significantly higher (p < 0.05) in condition B than in condition C. Additionally, the coefficient of effort in condition B was significantly larger (p < 0.05) than that of condition C. These results suggest that differences in information acquisition strategies have an impact on the foot trajectory during obstacle step-over. Out of the three methods used in this study, information acquisition through the tactile sense may be the best obstacle avoidance feedback method for people with low vision.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 20th Congress of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA 2018) - Volume II
Subtitle of host publicationSafety and Health, Slips, Trips and Falls
EditorsYushi Fujita, Sebastiano Bagnara, Thomas Alexander, Riccardo Tartaglia, Sara Albolino
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages786-790
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9783319960883
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2019
Event20th Congress of the International Ergonomics Association, IEA 2018 - Florence, Italy
Duration: Aug 26 2018Aug 30 2018

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
Volume819
ISSN (Print)2194-5357

Other

Other20th Congress of the International Ergonomics Association, IEA 2018
CountryItaly
CityFlorence
Period8/26/188/30/18

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Computer Science(all)

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    Uno, T., Loh, P. Y., & Muraki, S. (2019). The Influence of Information Acquisition Strategies on Foot Proprioception and Obstacle Avoidance Pattern in People with Low Vision. In Y. Fujita, S. Bagnara, T. Alexander, R. Tartaglia, & S. Albolino (Eds.), Proceedings of the 20th Congress of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA 2018) - Volume II: Safety and Health, Slips, Trips and Falls (pp. 786-790). (Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing; Vol. 819). Springer Verlag. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-96089-0_86