Journal article

SYNTHESIS OF HUMAN WALKING - A PLANAR MODEL FOR SINGLE SUPPORT

MG PANDY, N BERME

JOURNAL OF BIOMECHANICS | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 1988

Abstract

A mathematical model for the single support phase of normal, level, human walking is formulated. The motion of the lower extremity is synthesized using a preprogrammed set of inputs, recognized by the model as a simple collection of applied joint moments. Two mechanisms are forwarded as candidates for producing the observed peaks in the vertical ground reaction. The first, stance knee flexion-extension, generates the necessary level of whole-body vertical acceleration during the initial region of single support (opposite toe-off to heel-off). A model accounting for the determinants of foot and knee interaction then predicts the second peak to be the result of an increasing ankle moment in th..

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