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Characteristics of Human Locomotion

  • N. Berme
  • E. Oggero
  • G. Pagnacco
Conference paper
Part of the International Centre for Mechanical Sciences book series (CISM, volume 375)

Abstract

The human locomotive apparatus is fascinating in its versatility, sophistication and performance. Its main characteristic is versatility. The locomotive apparatus appears to be optimized for an enormous variety of activities, not just for a few specific ones. While many animals can outperform humans in specific situations, none can perform as well in a multitude of conditions. This has very important repercussions in the study of human locomotion. Given the complexity and flexibility of the human locomotive apparatus the characterization of all the possible kinds of human locomotion is a daunting task. For this reason often only very specific situations are analyzed; the most common is certainly walking on a flat, prepared surface: the normal, level gait or simply gait.

Keywords

Stance Phase Gait Cycle Daunting Task Enormous Variety Heel Strike 
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© Springer-Verlag Wien 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • N. Berme
    • 1
  • E. Oggero
    • 1
  • G. Pagnacco
    • 1
  1. 1.The Ohio State UniversityColumbusUSA

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