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Correction of the inertial effect resulting from a plate moving under low-friction conditions

Journal of Biomechanics
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DOI: 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2006.12.008
  • Ground Reaction Force
  • Center Of Pressure
  • Foot Landing
  • Slip Distance
  • Fall


Abstract The purpose of the present study was to develop a set of equations that can be employed to remove the inertial effect introduced by the movable platform upon which a person stands during a slip induced in gait; this allows the real ground reaction force (GRF) and its center of pressure (COP) to be determined. Analyses were also performed to determine how sensitive the COP offsets were to the changes of the parameters in the equation that affected the correction of the inertial effect. In addition, the results were verified empirically using a low friction movable platform together with a stationary object, a pendulum, and human subjects during a slip induced during gait. Our analyses revealed that the amount of correction required for the inertial effect due to the movable component is affected by its mass and its center of mass (COM) position, acceleration, the friction coefficient, and the landing position of the foot relative to the COM. The maximum error in the horizontal component of the GRF was close to 0.09 (body weight) during the recovery from a slip in walking. When uncorrected, the maximum error in the COP measurement could reach as much as 4 cm. Finally, these errors were magnified in the joint-moment computation and propagated proximally, ranging from 0.2 to 1.0 Nm/body mass from the ankle to the hip.

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