Tutorial Lecture TL03
Human locomotion Professor Alberto Minetti University of Milan, Italy, Institute of Human Physiology, Faculty of Medicine,
The tutorial will provide a biomechanical and bioenergetical overview of different aspects of human locomotion: 1. evolution of the research approach to locomotion: early findings and bioenergetics of different gaits in many conditions 2. biomechanical methodologies: their goals, scope and limitations in describing and explaining human locomotion 3. the body centre of mass movement: the related locomotor paradigms and the 3D Lissajous contours as a gait evaluation tool 4. the analogies and differences between human and animal locomotion 5. current concepts in locomotion: success stories in explaining some gait phenomena and optimization 6. the open mistery of loaded walking: what makes experienced porters so economical? 7. ideas and experiments challenging established theories: elastic walking, inelastic running and pendulum/elastic skipping 8. the challenge to tackle aquatic and aerial locomotion: an energetic framework helps to infer their cost of transport 9. future perspectives in locomotion research Multimedia and simulations will be used to illustrate the quoted topics.
Journal of Biomechanics 40(S2)
XXI ISB Congress, Plenary Sessions, Tutorials and Keynote Lectures, Sunday 1 July 2007