Gait Analysis

Gait Analysis

An Introduction

1st Edition - March 12, 1991

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  • Author: Michael W. Whittle
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483183732

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Gait Analysis: An Introduction focuses on the systematic study of human walking and its contributions in the medical management of diseases affecting the locomotor system. The book first covers normal gait and pathological gait. Discussions focus on common pathologies affecting gait, amputee gait, walking aids, particular gait abnormalities, gait in the elderly and the young, moments of force, energy consumption, gait cycle, muscular activity during gait, and optimization of energy usage. The manuscript then elaborates on the methods of gait analysis, including visual gait analysis, general gait parameters, timing the gait cycle, direct motion measurement systems, electrogoniometers, electromyography, accelerometers, gyroscopes, and force platforms. The publication tackles the applications of gait analysis, as well as clinical gait and scientific gait analysis, normal ranges for gait parameters, conversions between measurement units, and computer program for general gait parameters. The manuscript is a valuable source of data for students of physical therapy, bioengineering, orthopedics, rheumatology, neurology, and rehabilitation.

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgements


    1. Basic Sciences




    2. Normal Gait

    Walking and Gait


    Terminology Used in Gait Analysis

    The Gait Cycle

    Muscular Activity During Gait

    Optimization of Energy Usage

    Ground Reaction Forces

    Moments of Force

    Energy Consumption

    Gait in the Young

    Gait in the Elderly

    3. Pathological Gait

    Specific Gait Abnormalities

    Walking Aids

    Amputee Gait

    Common Pathologies Affecting Gait

    4. Methods of Gait Analysis

    Visual Gait Analysis

    General Gait Parameters

    Timing the Gait Cycle

    Direct Motion Measurement Systems


    Pressure Beneath the Foot


    Energy Consumption



    Force Platforms

    Kinematic Systems

    Combined Kinetic/Kinematic Systems

    5. Applications of Gait Analysis

    Clinical Gait Analysis

    Scientific Gait Analysis



    1. Normal Ranges for Gait Parameters

    2. Conversions Between Measurement Units

    3. Computer Program for General Gait Parameters

    4. Addresses of Suppliers

    Glossary of Medical Terms



Product details

  • No. of pages: 240
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 1991
  • Published: March 12, 1991
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483183732

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Michael W. Whittle

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