Faculty Advisor

Savilonis, Brian James

Abstract

This project determined the forces on the hip joint and hip muscle (hip abductor) during walking and racewalking. The calculated forces were then used to determine which activity, walking or racewalking, exerted more force on the hip. The experimental group first walked using their normal gait and then, after coaching, racewalked. The acceleration of the leg was measured using BIOPAC Accelerometers and the ground reaction force was measured using a force plate and a LabVIEW virtual instrument. The angles of the leg during gait were measured using video of each subject. It was found that the forces on the hip during racewalking were higher than those during regular walking.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2008

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Major

Biomedical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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