Defining spatial parameters for non-linear walking Academic Article uri icon


  • Current definitions of the spatial and temporal parameters of gait have been based on the premise that walking occurs in a straight line. When the direction of progression (DoP) is not consistent and walking is non-linear, these definitions do not provide meaningful information. An alternative method based on the changing direction of each stride is presented. This method is easy to understand and use, and requires no expensive technology. A comparison of the spatial parameters of the footstep pattern during linear trials and trials incorporating a 60 degrees turn was performed, using output derived from the old and the new definitions. The two methods produced very different results. Spatial output from the old definitions was merely dictated by the change of direction. Output calculated relative to the changing stride direction however, provided useful information about the footstep adjustments made for turning and how these would act to improve stability. This method of establishing spatial parameters during non-linear walking should form a useful tool for further investigation of functional locomotion.


publication date

  • February 2006