This study will monitor changes in balance, walking and jump performance during the Dhaulagiri 2016 expedition. Balance and walking movement patterns have been shown to worsen with increasing altitude. The specialist measurement of balance and movement patterns which will be undertaken in this project has not been performed previously during a high altitude expedition.
Prior to the expedition (at Leeds Beckett University) and during the expedition, a postural control and walking gait testing battery will be implemented. The testing battery includes the following tests:
• Standing balance • Maximal jump test • Knee joint position test • Walking movement pattern • Skin temperature
Questionnaires will also be completed upon waking and immediately before sleep each day to assess levels of acute mountain sickness.