Inclined treadmills or static ramp constructions can be used to investigate downhill gait in a standardised laboratory condition. However, it is not clear how the different systems affect the gait pattern during downhill walking. Therefore temporo-spatial (Qualisys) and kinetic data (loadsol®) of 13 healthy participants walking with a given speed (1.1 m/s) downhill with a -6° decline on a treadmill and a ramp system were analysed. On the treadmill participants walked with 8% shorter steps and shorter contact times, while they increased step frequency by 6%. Peak resultant forces remained similar compared to walking on a ramp construction. These alterations might be due to mechanical and psychological effects and have to be considered when conducting and analysing research that focuses on downhill gait.
Strutzenberger, Gerda 80444859; Leutgeb, Lara; and Schwameder, Hermann
"COMPARISON OF TEMPORO-SPATIAL AND KINETIC PARAMETERS DURING DOWNHILL WALKING ON A TREADMILL AND A RAMP CONSTRUCTION,"
ISBS Proceedings Archive: Vol. 37
, Article 104.
Available at: https://commons.nmu.edu/isbs/vol37/iss1/104