The purpose of this study was to identify whether the motor pattern of forward walking (FW) and backward walking (BW) affects the neural control and kinematics of lower limbs. A 21-camera 3D motion analysis system was used for the examination of locomotion. The activation of seven muscles of the right leg was recorded. The motion analysis was performed during FW and BW on a treadmill with the subjects (n=15) walking at four different inclines. The primary analysis of the complexity of variability of the kinematics and neural data was assessed using Principal Component Analysis (PCA). The complexity of gait pattern during FW appears more varied than during BW across all inclines. The associated muscles with each component were different during FW and BW.
Angeloudis, Konstantinos and Miller, Stuart
"PRINCIPAL COMPONENT ANALYSIS OF NEURAL AND KINEMATIC PARAMETERS OF FORWARD AND BACKWARD WALKING ACROSS DIFFERENT INCLINES,"
ISBS Proceedings Archive: Vol. 35
, Article 162.
Available at: http://commons.nmu.edu/isbs/vol35/iss1/162