Footprint Patterns During Walking
The development of Man’s striding gait occurred well over a million years ago and is a characteristic of the human being. No other mammals, even primates, have an habitual bipedal gait as a natural method of propulsion. The structure of the human body is adapted in form and function to this very special kind of locomotion, which is performed by genetically imprinted movement stereotypes (Napier, 1970). The adaptability of the neuromuscular control system to changes in walking conditions produces large variations in the walking pattern from strolling or walking on a slippery surface, through the rolling gait of a sailor, to the highly elaborate motion of the athlete. But all these variations contain some basic common features of the ‘normal human walk’.
KeywordsStride Length Angle Alpha Walking Direction Slow Walking Speed Angle Beta
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