An Introduction to Gait Analysis, 4th Ed. by Michael W. Whittle BSc MSc MB BS PhD

By Michael W. Whittle BSc MSc MB BS PhD

Gait research is the systematic learn of human jogging. many of the literature during this box is extremely really good and extremely technical. This publication, even if, goals to brings gait research out of the 'ivory tower' of the study laboratory, and to place it the place it belongs, within the 'real global' of the medical institution. the writer has maintained the transparent and approachable type that proven the 1st 3 editions.Highly readable, the publication builds upon the fundamentals of anatomy, body structure and biomechanics.Describes either general and pathological gait.Covers the diversity of equipment on hand to accomplish gait research, from the extremely simple to the very complex.Emphasizes the scientific functions of gait analysis.Fully up to date all through New bankruptcy at the use of gait research within the administration of cerebral palsyIncludes a CD-Rom, containing movies and lively skeletons of ordinary gait and three topics with cerebral palsy

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At least one foot being in contact with the ground at all times’. Unfortunately, this definition excludes some forms of pathological gait which are generally regarded as being forms of walking, such as the ‘three-point step-through gait’ (see Fig. 21), in which there is an alternate use of two crutches and either one or two legs. It is probably both unreasonable and pointless to attempt a definition of walking which will apply to all cases – at least in a single sentence! Gait is no easier to define than walking, many dictionaries regarding it as a word primarily for use in connection with horses!

Qxp 9/26/06 10:00 AM Page 50 NORMAL GAIT causing the movement of a pointer. In Elftman’s design the pointers were photographed by a high-speed cine camera. Muscle activity For a full understanding of normal gait, it is necessary to know which muscles are active during the different parts of the gait cycle. The role of the muscles was studied by Scherb, in Switzerland, during the 1940s, initially by palpating the muscles as his subject walked on a treadmill, then later by the use of electromyography (EMG).

The type of muscle fiber depends on the type of stimulation reaching it down the motor nerve and because of this, all the fibers in a single motor unit are of the same type. Type I fibers (slow twitch) are dark in color, they contract and relax slowly and are fatigue resistant; they are used primarily for the sustained contractions used for posture control. Type II fibers (fast twitch) are pale in color, quick to contract and relax, and easily fatigued. They are mainly used for brief bursts of powerful contraction.

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