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J Korean Acad Rehabil Med. 2003 Dec;27(6):952-957. Korean. Original Article.
Bae H , Park CI , Shin JC , Kim YW , Roh JL , Jang JH .
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Korea. jlroh@mdhouse.com
Research Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Korea.
Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To investigate the characteristics of ramp walking. METHOD: The sagittal kinematic and temporospatial data of ramp and level walking were obtained by a motion analyzer for ten healthy young adults. RESULTS: Compared with the values of level walking, the range of motion of ankle at all degrees for up-hill walking and the ROM of hip at 20o down-hill and all degrees for up-hill walking were significantly different (p<0.05). The peak dorsiflexion of ankle at 20o of up-hill and at 20o down-hill walking increased significantly (p<0.05) and peak plantar flexion of ankle at all degrees of up-hill walking increased significantly (p<0.05). The peak flexion of knee at 20o of up-hill walking increased significantly (p<0.05) and peak extension of knee at 20o of up-hill and down-hill walking also increased significantly (p<0.05). The peak flexion angles of hip at all degrees for up and down-hill walking were significantly different (p<0.05) and peak extension angles of hip at 10o of up-hill walking increased significantly (p<0.05). The temporospatial data showed no significant difference. CONCLUSION: Ramp walking showed a different kinematic gait pattern. So, this study may be useful to evaluate the effect of gait training on the ramp and pathologic gait patterns.

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