Muscle synergies during walking: Comparison between young and elderly people. Preliminary results

V. Monaco, A. Ghionzoli, P. Dario, S. Micera

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Abstract

The present work was aimed at analysing the young and elderly people muscular activation in order to provide evidences regarding the different role of the muscular groups in locomotion. The tested hypothesis concerns the different strategy of the counterparts, that is a greater effort in preserving stability and safety in elders versus a greater importance in the propulsion in young. Five young and five elderly subjects were involved in the experiments and were asked to walk with 6 cadences, from 40 to 140 step/min. Muscle activations of twelve muscles were recorded, filtered, timeinterpolated in 200 points over a gait cycle, averaged on the steps and processed by using Factor Analysis. Results showed that young and elderly muscle activations were described by factors behaving in opposite manner between the groups. The authors hypothesized that ageing may involve modifications in the peripheral areas of the Central Nervous System, producing neuromuscular adaptation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 30th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS'08 - "Personalized Healthcare through Technology"
Pages5370-5373
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Event30th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS'08 - Vancouver, BC, Canada
Duration: Aug 20 2008Aug 25 2008

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Other30th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS'08
CountryCanada
CityVancouver, BC
Period8/20/088/25/08

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Walking
Muscle
Chemical activation
Muscles
Neurology
Factor analysis
Locomotion
Gait
Propulsion
Statistical Factor Analysis
Central Nervous System
Aging of materials
Safety
Experiments

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Signal Processing
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Informatics

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Monaco, V., Ghionzoli, A., Dario, P., & Micera, S. (2008). Muscle synergies during walking: Comparison between young and elderly people. Preliminary results. In Proceedings of the 30th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS'08 - "Personalized Healthcare through Technology" (pp. 5370-5373). [4650428]

Muscle synergies during walking : Comparison between young and elderly people. Preliminary results. / Monaco, V.; Ghionzoli, A.; Dario, P.; Micera, S.

Proceedings of the 30th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS'08 - "Personalized Healthcare through Technology". 2008. p. 5370-5373 4650428.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Monaco, V, Ghionzoli, A, Dario, P & Micera, S 2008, Muscle synergies during walking: Comparison between young and elderly people. Preliminary results. in Proceedings of the 30th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS'08 - "Personalized Healthcare through Technology"., 4650428, pp. 5370-5373, 30th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS'08, Vancouver, BC, Canada, 8/20/08.
Monaco V, Ghionzoli A, Dario P, Micera S. Muscle synergies during walking: Comparison between young and elderly people. Preliminary results. In Proceedings of the 30th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS'08 - "Personalized Healthcare through Technology". 2008. p. 5370-5373. 4650428
Monaco, V. ; Ghionzoli, A. ; Dario, P. ; Micera, S. / Muscle synergies during walking : Comparison between young and elderly people. Preliminary results. Proceedings of the 30th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS'08 - "Personalized Healthcare through Technology". 2008. pp. 5370-5373
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