Growth and aging

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The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationships among gait parameters and senior fitness variables in explaining the fitness ability of senior people. Two hundreds elderly people aged 65 to 85 participated in this study and they performed level walking at different speeds, senor fitness test, and composition measures. Among 33 measured parameters, principal component analysis (PCA) revealed five PCs such as gait characteristics, physical featue, gait variability, and fitness levels. In addition, the correlation analysis showed a fitness score is closely associated with single support time, walking speed, step and stride lengths, and flexibility of upper arms. In conclusion, gait parameters would a moderate indicator explaining health condition of elderly people