SCI TV - Insights from simulating gait dynamics and disorders
The outcomes of treatments performed to correct movement abnormalities are variable. This problem exists, in part, because the biomechanical causes of the abnormal movement patterns are unclear, and the effects of common treatments are not understood. I believe that the design of treatments will improve if computer simulations are developed that complement experimental movement analysis and help explain the causes of movement abnormalities and predict the functional consequences of interventions. This presentation will describe a range of computer simulations that provide insights into the dynamics of human walking and running and the mechanics of common movement abnormalities.