Children and adults minimise activated muscle volume by selecting gait parameters that balance gross mechanical power and work demands

@inproceedings{Hubel2015ChildrenAA,
  title={Children and adults minimise activated muscle volume by selecting gait parameters that balance gross mechanical power and work demands},
  author={Tatjana Y. Hubel and James R Usherwood},
  booktitle={The Journal of experimental biology},
  year={2015}
}
Terrestrial locomotion on legs is energetically expensive. Compared with cycling, or with locomotion in swimming or flying animals, walking and running are highly uneconomical. Legged gaits that minimise mechanical work have previously been identified and broadly match walking and running at appropriate speeds. Furthermore, the 'cost of muscle force' approaches are effective in relating locomotion kinetics to metabolic cost. However, few accounts have been made for why animals deviate from… CONTINUE READING
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