The modified gait patterns during stepping on slippery floor

You Li Chou, Jia Yuan You, Fong-chin Su, Chii-Jeng Lin, Pei Hsi Chou

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Abstract

Upon encountering a wet or contaminated floor, people often modify their gait and posture to prevent themselves from slipping. This study was conducted to investigate the modification of gait patterns in healthy young adults as they approached and stepped on a slippery floor. Ten females and twelve males were instructed to walk at two different pacer speeds, 90 and 120steps/min, guided by a metronome, on a walkway with two forceplates placed at the center. During the step immediately prior to stepping on a forceplate with or without slippery disturbance, temporo-spatial parameters, selected kinematic parameters, and foot-floor reaction forces were evaluated in each cadence. The results showed that modifications of gait patterns for slip perturbation included shorter step length, increases of flexion angles of hip and knee joints, increases of plantarflexion angles of ankle joint with flattened foot, and decreases of the forward and backward ground reaction forces. However, it was found that such modifications for slip perturbation did not seem to efficiently prevent people from falling.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)227-233
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Mechanics
Volume16
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2000 Jan 1

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  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics

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Chou, You Li ; You, Jia Yuan ; Su, Fong-chin ; Lin, Chii-Jeng ; Chou, Pei Hsi. / The modified gait patterns during stepping on slippery floor. In: Journal of Mechanics. 2000 ; Vol. 16, No. 4. pp. 227-233.
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In: Journal of Mechanics, Vol. 16, No. 4, 01.01.2000, p. 227-233.

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