Compensatory balance reactions during forward and backward walking
Gait and Posture
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.
Bolton DAE, Misiaszek JE. Compensatory balance reactions during forward and backward walking. Gait Posture, 2012, 35(4), 681-684