Gait dynamic stability analysis and motor control prediction for varying terrain conditions

Imran Mahmood, Uriel Martinez Hernandez, Abbas A. Dehghani-Sanij

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This work presents the gait dynamic stability modelling for different walking terrains adopted by the motor. The sensory-motor transitional gait assessment is difficult in clinical environment in case of disorders. The aim of present study was to model and analyse dynamic stability thresholds for gait transitional phases. Experimental data were collected from four healthy subjects while walking on a force platform placed at ramp and level ground walking tracks. The rate-dependent variations in the center of pressure (COP) and ground reaction forces (GRF) were modelled as motor output and input responses. Finite difference and non-linear regression algorithms were implemented to model gait transitions. Dynamic stability estimation for ramp and level ground walking were performed by analysis in time and frequency domains. Our investigation provided interesting results; 1) the overdamped motor output response acts as a compensator for instabilities and oscillations in unloading phase and initial contact, and 2) prediction of ramp ascend walking as the least stable gait than ramp descend for healthy subjects.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMechatronics (MECATRONICS)/17th International Conference on Research and Education in Mechatronics (REM)
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5090-1787-4
Publication statusPublished - 11 Mar 2016


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