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Trajectories of physical activity, falls and consequences of falls from middle age to older age

Synopsis

The prevalence of falls increases from mid-life to older adulthood. The relationship between ongoing physical activity and sitting spent in middle age and subsequent falls and consequences of falls is not clear. This study aims to examine the relationship between 1) physical activity, 2) sitting time, 3) sitting time by different level of physical activity with subsequent falls, and describe patterns of physical activity level from middle age to older age and the association with 1) self-reported falls and injurious falls 2) falls events involving care in emergency departments and hospitals 3) consequences and 4) health care utilisation including costs.