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An Introduction to Gait Analysis, 4th Ed. by Michael W. Whittle BSc MSc MB BS PhD

By Michael W. Whittle BSc MSc MB BS PhD

Gait research is the systematic learn of human strolling. many of the literature during this box is very really good and extremely technical. This booklet, despite the fact that, goals to brings gait research out of the 'ivory tower' of the examine laboratory, and to place it the place it belongs, within the 'real international' of the health center. the writer has maintained the transparent and approachable type that tested the 1st 3 editions.Highly readable, the ebook builds upon the fundamentals of anatomy, body structure and biomechanics.Describes either basic and pathological gait.Covers the variety of equipment to be had to accomplish gait research, from the extremely simple to the very complex.Emphasizes the scientific purposes of gait analysis.Fully up to date all through New bankruptcy at the use of gait research within the administration of cerebral palsyIncludes a CD-Rom, containing movies and lively skeletons of ordinary gait and three topics with cerebral palsy

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The description which follows is of skeletal muscle, also known as voluntary or striated muscle, which is responsible for the movement of the limbs. A muscle is made up of hundreds of fascicles (Fig. 14), which in turn consist of hundreds of muscle fibers. These large multinucleated cells (cells with many nuclei) are the basic units of muscle tissue. The fiber is itself made up of hundreds of myofibrils, which have a characteristic striated (striped) appearance. The striations are due to a regular arrangement of filaments, which are made of two types of protein – actin and myosin.

If the muscle changes its length but the force of contraction remains the same, the contraction is isotonic. One normally thinks of a muscle shortening as it contracts – a concentric contraction. However, it is quite usual, particularly in gait, for a muscle to produce tension while it is lengthening – an eccentric contraction. For example, the quadriceps undergoes an eccentric contraction as you sit down. The muscle which is responsible for a particular action is known as an agonist. If two or more muscles act together, they are known as synergists; muscles which oppose agonists are known as antagonists.

This is easily visualized as being the weight of an average size apple! The earlier imperial and metric units of force were confusing and are best avoided; conversions will be found in Appendix 2. The direction of a force vector may be stated in any convenient manner, for example 20 N downwards or 140 N at 30° to the x-axis. However, the direction should never be omitted, unless it is obvious. The whole science of mechanical engineering is based on the three laws of force propounded by Sir Isaac Newton, which may be paraphrased as follows.

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