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An Introduction to Gait Analysis

Gait analysis is the systematic study of human walking. Most of the literature in this field is highly specialized and very technical. This book, however, aims to brings gait analysis out of the 'ivory tower' of the research laboratory, and to put it where it belongs, in the 'real world' of the clinic. The author has maintained the clear and approachable style that established the first three editions.

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Published: December 2006

Imprint: Butterworth Heinemann

ISBN: 978-0-7506-8883-3

Contents

  • Basic sciences
    Anatomy
    Physiology
    Biomechanics
    References and suggestions for further reading

    Normal gait
    Walking and gait
    History
    Terminology used in gait analysis
    Outline of the gait cycle
    The gait cycle in detail
    Ground reaction forces
    Support moment
    Energy consumption
    Optimization of energy usage
    Starting and stopping
    Other varieties of gait
    Gait in the young
    Gait in the elderly
    References and suggestions for further reading

    Pathological and other abnormal gaits
    Specific gait abnormalities
    Walking aids
    Amputee gait
    Treadmill gait
    Common pathologies affecting gait
    References and suggestions for further reading

    Methods of gait analysis
    Visual gait analysis
    General gait parameters
    Timing the gait cycle
    Direct motion measurement systems
    Electrogoniometers
    Pressure beneath the foot
    Electromyography
    Energy consumption
    Accelerometers
    Gyroscopes
    Force platforms
    Kinematic systems
    Combined kinetic/kinematic systems
    References and suggestions for further reading

    Applications of gait analysis
    Clinical gait assessment
    Conditions benefiting from gait assessment
    Future developments
    ConclusionReferences and suggestions for further reading

    Gait assessment in cerebral palsy
    Basic physiology of movement
    The causes of cerebral palsy
    Spastic hemiplegia
    Spastic diplegia
    Other varieties of cerebral palsy
    Crouch gait
    Spasticity
    Lever arm dysfunction
    Gait patterns in cerebral palsy
    Gait assessment
    Overview of treatment
    Summary
    References and suggestions for further reading

    Gait analysis data on CD-ROM
    Computer requirements
    Running the CD
    Contents of the CD
    How to use the Polygon viewer
    Notes
    Acknowledgements

    Appendices
    1. Normal ranges for gait parameters
    2. Conversions between measurement units
    3. Sources of further information

    Glossary
    Index

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