Control of body's center of mass motion relative to center of pressure during uphill walking in the elderly

Shih Wun Hong, Tsai Hsueh Leu, Ting Ming Wang, Jia Da Li, Wei Pin Ho, Tung Wu Lu

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Abstract

Uphill walking places more challenges on the locomotor system than level walking does when the two limbs work together to ensure the stability and continuous progression of the body over the base of support. With age-related degeneration older people may have more difficulty in maintaining balance during uphill walking, and may thus experience an increased risk of falling. The current study aimed to investigate using gait analysis techniques to determine the effects of age and slope angles on the control of the COM relative to the COP in terms of their inclination angles (IA) and the rate of change of IA (RCIA) during uphill walking. The elderly were found to show IAs similar to those of the young, but with reduced self-selected walking speed and RCIAs (P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)523-528
Number of pages6
JournalGait and Posture
Volume42
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2015

Keywords

  • Center of mass
  • Center of pressure
  • Fall
  • Gait
  • Uphill walking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Rehabilitation
  • Biophysics

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