Emily H. Sinitski

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Individuals with transtibial amputation (TTA) have a high incidence of falls during walking. Environmental factors, such as uneven ground, often play a contributing role in these falls. The purpose of this study was to quantify the adaptations TTA made when walking on a destabilizing loose rock surface. In this study, 13 young TTA walked over a rock surface(More)
A self-paced treadmill automatically adjusts speed in real-time to match the user's walking speed, potentially enabling more natural gait than fixed-speed treadmills. This research examined walking speed changes for able-bodied and transtibial amputee populations on a self-paced treadmill in a multi-terrain virtual environment and examined gait differences(More)
It is important to understand how people adapt their gait when walking in real-world conditions with variable surface characteristics. This study quantified lower-extremity joint kinematics, estimated whole body center of mass height (COM(VT)), and minimum toe clearance (MTC) while 15 healthy, young subjects walked on level ground (LG) and a destabilizing(More)
Angular momentum is highly regulated over the gait cycle and is important for maintaining dynamic stability and control of movement. However, little is known regarding how angular momentum is regulated on irregular surfaces, such as slopes, when the risk of falling is higher. This study examined the three-dimensional whole-body angular momentum patterns of(More)
The generation of whole-body angular momentum is essential in many locomotor tasks and must be regulated in order to maintain dynamic balance. However, angular momentum has not been investigated during stair walking, which is an activity that presents a biomechanical challenge for balance-impaired populations. We investigated three-dimensional whole-body(More)
Unilateral lower limb prosthesis users display temporal, kinematic, and kinetic asymmetries between limbs while ascending and descending stairs. These asymmetries are due, in part, to the inability of current prosthetic devices to effectively mimic normal ankle function. The purpose of this study was to provide a comprehensive set of biomechanical data for(More)
Motek Medical's CAREN-Extended system is a virtual environment primarily used in physical rehabilitation and biomechanical research. This virtual environment integrates a motion capture system and a six degree of freedom motion platform equipped with a dual-belt treadmill and two force plates. This research describes performance characteristics associated(More)
Falls during walking are a major contributor to accidental deaths and injuries that can result in debilitating hospitalization costs, lost productivity, and diminished quality of life. To reduce these losses, we must develop a more profound understanding of the characteristic responses to perturbations similar to those encountered in daily life. This study(More)
Plantar pressure measurement is an important tool for understanding foot and gait biomechanics. F-Scan is a popular device for measuring in-shoe plantar pressures; however, the validity of the F-Scan force measurements has been questioned. Therefore, a study was performed to analyze changes in plantar pressure and temperature over time. One participant was(More)
Ascending stairs is an important functional activity that is affected by lower extremity pathology including amputation. Although several studies have demonstrated stair ascent is more challenging than level ground walking, our understanding of the mechanics remains limited. The purpose of this study was to determine the association between lower extremity(More)