Walking and running on the circular treadmill: Transition speed and podokinetic aftereffects

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Abstract

The author compared 10 participants' self-selected walk-to-run transition speeds on a standard treadmill with those on a circular treadmill. The speed of the outer limb at walk-to-run transition on the circular treadmill and on the standard treadmill were very similar. Adaptive aftereffects from running and walking on the circular treadmill were also similar. When asked to step in place without vision, all participants inadvertently turned in circles following walking or running on the treadmill. The results of the present study suggest that the mechanisms controlling walk-to-run transitions are similar for the standard and circular treadmills and demonstrate the robust generalizability of locomotor aftereffects from running to walking. Adaptive control of speed, form, and direction may therefore share similar mechanisms for walking and running.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)349-356
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Motor Behavior
Volume38
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2006

Keywords

  • Adaptation
  • Gait
  • Transition speed

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