26. The State of Human Gait

Landon Bailey University of Saint Francis, Elizabeth Meyer University of Saint Francis
Faculty Sponsor(s): Matthew Hopf University of Saint Francis
The walking stride, or gait of humans naturally contains variations which affect the efficiency of locomotion. Although inefficiency may still get an individual from one place to another, inefficient variations have the capacity for chaos and devastation. My objective was to determine if abnormalities in the weight distribution correlate to an excessive vertical shift in the hips of an individual’s walking stride. The excessive vertical shift in the hips represented the inefficient variation of the gait. This study used gait analysis to measure hip displacement, and scales to measure individuals’ weight distribution. These values created a scatterplot for a correlation value (r2-value), which was used in a one sample t-test to achieve a measure of significance. In the event of significance, weight distribution does affect the human gait in a negative capacity. Therefore, maintaining a proper weight distribution will decrease the likelihood of chaos and devastation or simply injury.
Pharmacy, Health Sciences, & Exercise Science
Poster Presentation

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Irwin Library Lower Level