Redistribution of intra- and inter-limb support moments during downhill walking on different slopes

Shih Wun Hong, Ting Ming Wang, Tung Wu Lu, Jia Da Li, Tsai Hsueh Leu, Wei Pin Ho

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Downhill walking presents a greater risk of falling as a result of slipping or loss of balance in comparison with level walking. The current study aimed to investigate the effects of inclination angles on the intra-limb (inter-joint) and inter-limb sharing of the body support during downhill walking for a better understanding of the associated control strategy. Fifteen young male adults (age: 32.6±5.2 years, height: 168.9±5.5. cm, mass: 68.4±8.7. kg) performed level and downhill walking while their kinematic and kinetic data were measured for calculating joint moments and total support moments of the lower limbs using inverse dynamics analysis. The peak total support moments of both the leading and trailing limbs increased with increasing inclination angles ( p0.05), but the contributions of the hip increased with reduced contributions from the ankle ( p0.05). During double-limb support, the main contributor to the whole body support changed from the trailing limb to the leading limb with increasing inclination angles ( p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)709-715
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Biomechanics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Feb 7 2014


  • Downhill walking
  • Fall
  • Gait analysis
  • Support moment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Rehabilitation
  • Biophysics
  • Biomedical Engineering


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