Title

Compensatory balance reactions during forward and backward walking

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Gait and Posture

Volume

35

Issue

4

Publisher

Elsevier

Publication Date

4-1-2012

First Page

681

Last Page

684

DOI

10.1016/j.gaitpost.2011.12.002

Abstract

Previous work suggests that balance perturbations to the body opposing the direction of progression during walking lead to larger amplitude corrective reactions than perturbations concurrent with walking direction. To test this hypothesis, subjects received forward and backward perturbations applied to the pelvis through a padded harness, while walking forwards or backwards on a treadmill. Contrary to our hypothesis, the greatest responses were associated with backward perturbations regardless of the direction of walking.

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