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Falls are very dangerous events among elderly people. Several automatic fall detectors have been developed to reduce the time of the medical intervention, but they cannot avoid the injures due to the fall. The purpose of this study has been to identify a computational framework for the real-time and automatic detection of the fall risk, allowing the fast adoption of properly intervention strategies, to reduce injuries and traumas due to falls. A wearable, wireless and minimally invasive surface Electromyography (EMG)-based system has been used to measure four lower-limb muscles activities. Eleven young healthy subjects have simulated several fall events (through a movable platform) and normal Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) and their patterns have been analyzed. Highly discriminative features extracted within the EMG signals for the pre impact fall evaluation have been explored and a threshold-based …
Springer, Cham
Publication date: 
20 Jun 2016
Biblio References: 
Pages: 279-285
Italian Forum of Ambient Assisted Living