Characterising intra- and inter-limb gait stability using minimum foot clearance

Taylor, Simon (2002) Characterising intra- and inter-limb gait stability using minimum foot clearance. Research Master thesis, Victoria University of Technology.


This research examined aging effects by characterising one parameter of the gait cycle from treadmill walking. The minimum foot clearance (MFC) during the swing phase of gait is an essential event that reveals two things: 1) how the locomotor system achieves control over many degrees of freedom when performing this spatial end point trajectory task while at the same time being challenged by postural stability; 2) the risk associated with tripping over an unseen obstacle due to the performance of this task. Poor gait stability and tripping induced falls are contemporary issues related to elderly populations, where characterising MFC variability from one stride to the next can provide important links between these issues.

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Submitted in Fulfillment of the Requirements for the award of Master of Applied Science - Biomechanics

Item type Thesis (Research Master thesis)
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Biomedical and Health Sciences
Keywords Gait in humans, human locomotion, gait disorders, old age, intra-limb gait stability, inter-limb gait stability, minimum foot clearance
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