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Title: The effect of military load carriage on 3-D lower limb kinematics and spatiotemporal parameters
Authors: Birrell, Stewart A.
Haslam, Roger
Keywords: Load carriage
3-D kinematics
Spatiotemporal parameters
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: © Taylor and Francis
Citation: BIRRELL, S.A. and HASLAM, R., 2009. The effect of military load carriage on 3-D lower limb kinematics and spatiotemporal parameters. Ergonomics, 52 (10), pp. 1298 - 1304.
Abstract: The 3-D gait analysis of military load carriage is not well represented, if at all, within the available literature. This study collected 3-D lower limb kinematics and spatiotemporal parameters in order to assess the subsequent impact of carrying loads in a backpack of up to 32 kg. Results showed the addition of load significantly decreased the range of motion of flexion/extension of the knee and pelvic rotation. Also seen were increases in adduction/abduction and rotation of the hip and pelvis tilt. No changes to ankle kinematics were observed. Alterations to the spatiotemporal parameters of gait were also of considerable interest, namely, an increase in double support and a decrease in preferred stride length as carried load increased. Analysing kinematics during military or recreational load carriage broadens the knowledge regarding the development of exercise-related injuries, while helping to inform the human-centred design process for future load carrying systems. The importance of this study is that limited available research has investigated 3-D lower limb joint kinematics when carrying loads.
Description: This article is closed access.
Version: Published
DOI: 10.1080/00140130903003115
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/14877
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00140130903003115
ISSN: 0014-0139
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