Compass gait mechanics account for top walking speeds in ducks and humans.

@article{Usherwood2008CompassGM,
  title={Compass gait mechanics account for top walking speeds in ducks and humans.},
  author={James R Usherwood and Katie L Szymanek and Monica A. Daley},
  journal={The Journal of experimental biology},
  year={2008},
  volume={211 Pt 23},
  pages={3744-9}
}
The constraints to maximum walking speed and the underlying cause of the walk-run transition remains controversial. However, the motions of the body and legs can be reduced to a few mechanical principles, which, if valid, impose simple physics-based limits to walking speed. Bipedal walking may be viewed as a vaulting gait, with the centre of mass (CoM) passing over a stiff stance leg (an 'inverted pendulum'), while the swing leg swings forward (as a pendulum). At its simplest, this forms a… CONTINUE READING

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