Learning to master the steps: How does gait change over different time scales and at what cost?

Activity: ExaminationSupervision of PhD studentsAcademic

Claudine Lamoth - Supervisor

Lucas Woude, van der - Supervisor

Rob Otter, den - Co-supervisor

The natural ability to adapt to constantly changing task demands is a key issue in human movement sciences. Motor adaptability enables walkers to deal with temporary changes in task, as well as with more structural changes that may result in locomotor adaptations and relearning. A good understanding of locomotor learning may provide us with information for clinical training strategies and rehabilitation programs. More specifically, research should make clear (i) how adaptive locomotor control unfolds over time, (ii) what factors determine the speed and quality of locomotor adaptation, and (iii) how changes in the spatiotemporal and kinematic parameters involved in locomotor adaptation are related to metabolic costs.

In the present program, we will study gait adaptation of healthy subjects, and simultaneously assess the biomechanical, coordinative, and metabolic aspects of locomotor learning on a split-belt treadmill. By studying adaptations in healthy humans we gain knowledge of the processes underlying and controlling (loco-)motor (re-)learning. The findings of this project will inspire further research on gait rehabilitation in elderly or patient groups.
  • Tom Buurke

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