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Optometric methods in biomechanical gait analysis

  • H. S. Gill
  • J. Morris
  • E. Biden
  • J. J. O’Connor

Abstract

Human movement and its measurement have been of general interest since classical times. Gait analysis is the quantified measurement of movement patterns and forces during walking, which comprise kinematics and kinetics. The actual process of performing such an analysis involves measurement (kinematic and kinetic), storage, retrieval, processing, analysis and presentation. The practical measurement of gait kinematics was not possible until optical technology evolved to facilitate easy and repeatable recording of motion. The kinematic and kinetic measurements allow definition of normal patterns and several key variables have been identified which are thought to characterize gait. This chapter discusses the basics of gait analysis and the progression of the technology.

Keywords

Kinematic Model Gait Analysis Gait Cycle Limb Segment Passive Marker 
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  • H. S. Gill
  • J. Morris
  • E. Biden
  • J. J. O’Connor

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