Postural dependence of locomotion during gait initiation

How is gait initiation affected by changes in postural orientation?

Human locomotion in the changing natural environment requires that the complex interaction between postural orientation of the body segments is maintained in concert within a stable equilibrium. Anticipatory postural adjustments (APAs) that stabilise mediolateral (ML) standing balance normally precede stepping. The following study investigated how the CNS adapts posture and locomotion to perturbations of ML standing balance.

 
 

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