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Who is most at risk for mobility impairments?

Mobility impairments are generally not very predictable, but there are some types of individuals who are at a higher risk for them. That is to say, there are people who are at a higher risk for certain illnesses, conditions, and ailments that can lead to impaired mobility. For instance, people with a family history of inherited conditions like muscular dystrophy have a higher chance of mobility impairment. Those who do not get properly immunized against a debilitating disease like polio and travel to a country where it is common, have a greater risk of contracting it. Those who participate in activities that place repetitive physical stress on the body may be at a higher risk for arthritis. Likewise, combat soldiers, people who engage in dangerous activities, and people who do not take proper safety precautions during physical activity have a greater chance of serious injury.

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