Study Information

Purpose of Study

The purpose of this study is to develop a database of normal, healthy walking biomechanics data to use as a baseline comparison for tudies on individuals with disabilities that impair their walking abilitiy.

Lab

Human Mobility Research Laboratory.

Who is Conducting the Study?

Investigators: Kevin Deluzio and Michael Rainbow.

Benefits of Participating in Study

You will receive no direct benefits from participation in the study. The data collected from you may ultimately led to a better understanding of human walking from a biomechanical perspective, and may be useful in assessing other populations with impaired walking characteristics.

Location

Human Mobility Research Laboratory: Hotel Dieu Hospital, 166 Brock St. Kingston, ON.

Compensation Info

No monetary compensation.


Inclusion/Exclusion Criteria

Inclusion:
  1. You are between the ages of 19-65
  2. You are healthy and recreationally active and have no neuromuscular, musculoskeletal or metabolic impairments that prevent you from engaging in most forms of casual physical activity
Exclusion:
  1. You are currently taking medications for medications for any neurological, cardiovascular or metabolic disorders
  2. You have had an injury (in the last year) or surgery (ever) that has impaired your walking ability
  3. You have moderate to severe knee and/or ankle malalignment in one or both legs

Participant Expectations

The testing will take approximately 1 to 1 1/2 hours in length. Your height and weight will first be measured, and you will be asked to report your age and level of physical activity (e.g. exercise habits). You will be asked to change into spandex shorts, a sleeveless shirt, and a pair of athletic shoes so that a set of small reflective markers can be secured to your arms, legs, and trunk by tape and Velcro wraps. These markers allow the researchers to measure the positions of your limbs while you walk. A set of small sensors will be taped to your leg on the surface of several major muscles. The sensors allow the researchers to record the magnitude and timing of your muscle activity while you walk. The sensors are purely a measurement device. They do not and cannot deliver any sort of stimulus or electrical “shock” to your muscles.

With the markers and sensors in place, you will perform various activities of daily living, including: i) walking at various speeds over our 25 foot x 50 foot walkway, ii) walking and jogging on a treadmill oriented so that you are moving on level ground, or slightly uphill or slightly downhill. iii) Performing exercises aimed at measuring the strength of your leg muscles iv) Performing activities that mimic recreational activities such as hopping on one foot, cross-cut running, ladder drills, and jumping.

Times Available

Participants are recruited on a rolling basis and study visits are by appointment only. Please contact Sean and we can coordinate times.

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