Split-belt treadmill walking and adaption for amputees

What strategies do amputees use to adapt to novel terrain?

This study showed that control subjects use 2 strategies to adapt to walking on a split-belt treadmill. They show increased fast ankle work (with reduced irrelevant hip work) during step transition (1) and during single leg support centre of mass moves further back on the faster belt (whilst limiting this on the slow belt) (2). Persons with an amputation rely on the centre of mass method but can also adapt step length symmetry.


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