Changes of gait kinematics in different simulators of reduced gravity

Francesca Sylos-Labini, Yuri P. Ivanenko, Germana Cappellini, Alessandro Portone, Michael J. Maclellan, Francesco Lacquaniti

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Gravity reduction affects the energetics and natural speed of walking and running. But, it is less clear how segmental coordination is altered. Various devices have been developed in the past to study locomotion in simulated reduced gravity. However, most of these devices unload only the body center of mass. The authors reduced the effective gravity acting on the stance or swing leg to 0.16g using different simulators. Locomotion under these conditions was associated with a reduction in the foot velocity and significant changes in angular motion. Moreover, when simulated reduced gravity directly affected the swing limb, it resulted in significantly slower swing and longer foot excursions, suggesting an important role of the swing phase dynamics in shaping locomotor patterns.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)495-505
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Motor Behavior
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2013


  • Gait kinematics
  • Human locomotion
  • Reduced gravity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Biophysics
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology


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