An Integrated Gait and Balance Analysis System to Define Human Locomotor Control
Technical Report,01 Feb 2015,31 Jan 2016
Alabama State University Montgomery United States
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Walking is a complicated task that requires the motor coordination across multiple muscles and joints to propel the body forward. A basic understanding on how we walk is important because this sets the criteria necessary for human-machine integration e.g. powered exoskeleton and prosthetic designs. Advanced study in human locomotion would benefit from the researcher being able to systematically control the physical, visual, and audio environments while gait measurements are recorded. Specific Aim To acquire and install a Gait Real-time Analysis Interactive Lab GRAIL from Motek Medical BV that will provide adedicated solution for locomotor control research and education at Alabama State University. Results The GRAIL system has been acquired, installed, and is now able to collect data on human locomotion. We are now standardizing our operating procedures and integrating those procedures with other DoD centers e.g. Center for the Intrepid, Walter Reed, etc.. We have also been collecting pilot data for grant applications and using the system for education and student research projects Future plans Finalize system optimization and perform cross-center validation trials with our partner DoD centers. Continue using the system for student driven experiments, student education, and expand our work on human machine integration.
- Biomedical Instrumentation and Bioengineering
- Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems
- Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods