Mechanical energy and effective foot mass during impact loading of walking and running.

@article{Chi2005MechanicalEA,
  title={Mechanical energy and effective foot mass during impact loading of walking and running.},
  author={Kai-Jung Chi and Daniel Schmitt},
  journal={Journal of biomechanics},
  year={2005},
  volume={38 7},
  pages={1387-95}
}
The human heel pad is considered an important structure for attenuation of the transient force caused by heel-strike. Although the mechanical properties of heel pads are relatively well understood, the mechanical energy (Etot) absorbed by the heel pad during the impact phase has never been documented directly because data on the effective foot mass (Meff) was previously unavailable during normal forward locomotion. In this study, we use the impulse-momentum method (IMM) for calculating Meff… CONTINUE READING