Dr Yoshiro Okubo
Conjoint Senior Lecturer

Dr Yoshiro Okubo

Medicine & Health
School of Population Health

Dr Yoshi Okubo completed his PhD (Sports Medicine) at the University of Tsukuba, Japan in 2015. He is a Senior Postdoctoral Fellow at Neuroscience Research Australia and a Conjoint Senior Lecturer at UNSW Medicine. He is investigating reactive balance training for falls prevention and has developed an innovative Trip and Slip Walkway. It is a fundamental advance on other perturbation systems in that it can generate unpredictable trips and slips at any point on the walkway and thus replicate real life trips and slips. In contrast to traditional balance training, reactive stepping training directly trains stepping skills required to avoid falls in daily life. His study demonstrated reactive stepping which is critical at the moment of a trip or slip can be regained in older age. His recent research focuses on helping people with an advanced age and neurological disease reduce falls using the reactive stepping paradigm.

Phone
02 9399 1065
Location
139 Barker Street Randwick Margarete Ainsworth Building
  • Book Chapters | 2021
    Okubo Y; Sturnieks DL, 2021, 'Volitional and Reactive Step Training', in Falls in Older People, Cambridge University Press, pp. 271 - 286, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/9781108594455.018
  • Journal articles | 2022
    Okubo Y; Duran L; Delbaere K; Sturnieks DL; Richardson JK; Pijnappels M; Lord SR, 2022, 'Rapid Inhibition Accuracy and Leg Strength Are Required for Community-Dwelling Older People to Recover Balance From Induced Trips and Slips: An Experimental Prospective Study', Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy, vol. 45, pp. 160 - 166, http://dx.doi.org/10.1519/JPT.0000000000000312
    Journal articles | 2022
    Osuka Y; Okubo Y; Nofuji Y; Sasai H; Seino S; Maruo K; Fujiwara Y; Oka H; Shinkai S; Lord SR; Kim H, 2022, 'Modifiable intrinsic factors related to occupational falls in older workers', Geriatrics and Gerontology International, vol. 22, pp. 338 - 343, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ggi.14370
    Journal articles | 2022
    Phu S; Lord SR; Sturnieks DL; Okubo Y, 2022, 'Impact of pathological conditions on postural reflex latency and adaptability following unpredictable perturbations: A systematic review and meta-analysis', Gait and Posture, vol. 95, pp. 149 - 159, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gaitpost.2022.04.014
    Journal articles | 2022
    Phu S; Sturnieks DL; Lord SR; Okubo Y, 2022, 'Impact of ageing, fall history and exercise on postural reflexes following unpredictable perturbations: A systematic review and meta-analyses', Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, vol. 203, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.mad.2022.111634
    Journal articles | 2021
    Hirase T; Okubo Y; Delbaere K; Menant JC; Lord SR; Sturnieks DL, 2021, 'Predictors of development and persistence of musculoskeletal pain in community-dwelling older people: A two-year longitudinal study', Geriatrics and Gerontology International, vol. 21, pp. 519 - 524, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ggi.14172
    Journal articles | 2021
    Mohamed Suhaimy MSB; Lord SR; Hoang PD; Nieto A; Sturnieks DL; Okubo Y, 2021, 'Reactive balance responses to a trip and slip during gait in people with multiple sclerosis', Clinical Biomechanics, vol. 90, pp. 105511 - 105511, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.clinbiomech.2021.105511
    Journal articles | 2021
    Song PYH; Sturnieks DL; Davis MK; Lord SR; Okubo Y, 2021, 'Perturbation-Based Balance Training Using Repeated Trips on a Walkway vs. Belt Accelerations on a Treadmill: A Cross-Over Randomised Controlled Trial in Community-Dwelling Older Adults', Frontiers in Sports and Active Living, vol. 3, http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fspor.2021.702320
    Journal articles | 2020
    Hirase T; Okubo Y; Menant J; Lord SR; Sturnieks DL, 2020, 'Impact of pain on reactive balance and falls in community-dwelling older adults: A prospective cohort study', Age and Ageing, vol. 49, pp. 982 - 988, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ageing/afaa070
    Journal articles | 2020
    Hirase T; Okubo Y; Sturnieks DL; Lord SR, 2020, 'Pain Is Associated With Poor Balance in Community-Dwelling Older Adults: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis', Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, vol. 21, pp. 597 - 603.e8, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jamda.2020.02.011
    Journal articles | 2020
    Pelicioni PHS; Lord SR; Okubo Y; Sturnieks DL; Menant JC, 2020, 'People With Parkinson’s Disease Exhibit Reduced Cognitive and Motor Cortical Activity When Undertaking Complex Stepping Tasks Requiring Inhibitory Control', Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, vol. 34, pp. 1088 - 1098, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1545968320969943
    Journal articles | 2019
    Menant J; Pelicioni P; Okubo Y; Canning C; Sturnieks D; Lord S, 2019, '161 Brain Activation Assessed with Functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (FNIRS) During Stepping and Gait in Older People and Those with PD', Age and Ageing, vol. 48, pp. iv34 - iv39, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ageing/afz164.161
    Journal articles | 2019
    Okubo Y; Brodie MA; Sturnieks DL; Hicks C; Lord SR, 2019, 'A pilot study of reactive balance training using trips and slips with increasing unpredictability in young and older adults: Biomechanical mechanisms, falls and clinical feasibility', Clinical Biomechanics, vol. 67, pp. 171 - 179, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.clinbiomech.2019.05.016
    Journal articles | 2019
    Okubo Y; Sturnieks DL; Brodie MA; Duran L; Lord SR; Newman A, 2019, 'Effect of Reactive Balance Training Involving Repeated Slips and Trips on Balance Recovery among Older Adults: A Blinded Randomized Controlled Trial', Journals of Gerontology - Series A Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences, vol. 74, pp. 1489 - 1496, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/gerona/glz021
    Journal articles | 2019
    Pang I; Okubo Y; Sturnieks D; Lord SR; Brodie MA, 2019, 'Detection of Near Falls Using Wearable Devices: A Systematic Review', Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy, vol. 42, pp. 48 - 56, http://dx.doi.org/10.1519/JPT.0000000000000181
    Journal articles | 2019
    Sturnieks D; Okubo Y; Brodie M; Lord S, 2019, '159 Reactive Balance Training for Preventing Falls in Older People', Age and Ageing, vol. 48, pp. iv34 - iv39, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ageing/afz164.159
    Journal articles | 2018
    Brodie MA; Okubo Y; Sturnieks DL; Lord SR, 2018, 'Optimizing successful balance recovery from unexpected trips and slips', Journal of Biomechanical Science and Engineering, vol. 13, http://dx.doi.org/10.1299/jbse.17-00558
    Journal articles | 2018
    Okubo Y; Brodie M; Sturnieks D; Hicks C; Carter H; Toson B; Lord S, 2018, 'Exposure to unpredictable trips and slips while walking can improve balance recovery responses with minimum predictive gait alterations', , http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/333989
    Journal articles | 2018
    Okubo Y; Brodie MA; Sturnieks DL; Hicks C; Carter H; Toson B; Lord SR, 2018, 'Exposure to trips and slips with increasing unpredictability while walking can improve balance recovery responses with minimum predictive gait alterations', PLoS ONE, vol. 13, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0202913
    Journal articles | 2017
    Okubo Y; Menant J; Udyavar M; Brodie MA; Barry BK; Lord SR; L. Sturnieks D, 2017, 'Transfer effects of step training on stepping performance in untrained directions in older adults: A randomized controlled trial', Gait and Posture, vol. 54, pp. 50 - 55, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gaitpost.2017.02.014

My Research Supervision

  • Facilitation of postural reflex against trips and slips in older adults (2020 PhD)
  • Comparing treadmill induced trip perturbations with overground trips: A cross-over study (2019 ILP)
  • Neuromuscular mechanisms associated with successful balance recovery in people with Parkinson’s Disease (2019 ILP)
  • Reactive balance responses to a trip and slip during gait in people with multiple sclerosis (2019 ILP)
  • Balance Recovery Biomechanics following Slips and Trips in People with Parkinson’s Disease and Healthy Older Adults (2019 Masters)