Neuromaturation of human locomotion revealed by non-dimensional scaling

  title={Neuromaturation of human locomotion revealed by non-dimensional scaling},
  author={Christopher L. Vaughan and Nelleke G Langerak and Mark J. O'Malley},
  journal={Experimental Brain Research},
When two fundamental gait parameters—step length and step frequency—are scaled non-dimensionally, thereby accounting for increases in a child's physical size, ontogenetic changes in the locomotor control strategy are revealed. We believe dimensionless velocity β, the product of dimensionless step length and frequency, serves as a measure of neural development. It increases from the age of 18 months and reaches a plateau between 50 and 90 months, attaining the adult value of 0.45. Based on a… CONTINUE READING