The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of a spring loading cane mechanism on upper and lower extremity ground reaction forces during cane aided walking. Twenty-nine participants were fitted with a T-scope knee brace and cane with four spring loading compressions. Each participant walked five times over two force plates to collect ground reaction force data. A mixed factorial ANOVA revealed a significant interaction effect between spring cane loading compressions and extremity on measures of ground reaction forces, F(1.51,66.83)=7.18, p=0.003, η2=0.140. This outcome suggests that ground reaction forces decrease at the upper extremity and gradually increase at the lower extremity as the spring loading compressions of the cane decrease. This result may have implications for injury prevention and rehabilitation in cane aided walking.
Varga, Katelyn D.; Zerpa, Carlos; Sanzo, Paolo; and Kivi, Derek
"THE EFFECT OF A SPRING LOADED CANE ON UPPER AND LOWER EXTREMITY GROUND REACTION FORCES,"
ISBS Proceedings Archive: Vol. 36:
1, Article 84.
Available at: https://commons.nmu.edu/isbs/vol36/iss1/84