Fall risk detection mechanism in the elderly, based on electromyographic signals, through the use of artificial intelligence

Leónidas Arias-Poblete, Sebastián Álvarez‐Arangua, Daniel Jerez-Mayorga, Claudio Chamorro, Paloma Ferrero‐Hernández, Gerson Ferrari, Claudio Farías‐Valenzuela

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Introduction: The tests used to classify older adults at risk of falls are questioned in literature. Tools from the field of artificial intelligence are an alternative to classify older adults more precisely. Objective: To identify the risk of falls in the elderly through electromyographic signals of the lower limb, using tools from the field of artificial intelligence. Methods: A descriptive study design was used. The unit of analysis was made up of 32 older adults (16 with and 16 without risk of falls). The electrical activity of the lower limb muscles was recorded during the functional walking gesture. The cycles obtained were divided into training and validation sets, and then from the amplitude variable, select attributes using the Weka software. Finally, the Support Vector Machines (SVM) classifier was implemented. Results: A classifier of two classes (elderly adults with and without risk of falls) based on SVM was built, whose performance was: Kappa index 0.97 (almost perfect agreement strength), sensitivity 97%, specificity 100%. Conclusions: The SVM artificial intelligence technique applied to the analysis of lower limb electromyographic signals during walking can be considered a precision tool of diagnostic, monitoring and follow-up for older adults with and without risk of falls.

Original languageEnglish
Article number5
JournalSport TK
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • Electromyography
  • Fall risk
  • Gait
  • Older adults
  • Support vector machines

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Complementary and Manual Therapy
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Education
  • Occupational Therapy


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