Application of gyroscopes in identifying gait symmetry in walking

D. Gouwanda, S. M.N.A. Senanayake

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Gait symmetry holds an important role in clinical and rehabilitation settings. It is an effective indicator that distinguishes normal and pathological walking gait. This paper addresses the use of wireless gyroscope to determine gait symmetry in walking. Four gyroscopes are attached to the lower extremity to measure the angular rate of the thigh and shank in walking. Symmetry index is used to determine the bilateral differences between the left limb and right limb. In order to limit the symmetry index of the angular rate to ±100%, min-max normalization approach is performed. As one of the fundamental measurements to determine gait symmetry in walking, duration for one complete gait cycle, stance phase, and swing phase are also considered in this paper.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication6th World Congress of Biomechanics, WCB 2010 - In Conjunction with 14th International Conference on Biomedical Engineering, ICBME and 5th Asia Pacific Conference on Biomechanics, APBiomech
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventWorld Congress of Biomechanics (WCB) 2010 - Singapore, Singapore
Duration: 1 Aug 20106 Aug 2010
Conference number: 6th (Proceedings)

Publication series

NameIFMBE Proceedings
Volume31 IFMBE
ISSN (Print)1680-0737


ConferenceWorld Congress of Biomechanics (WCB) 2010
Abbreviated titleWCB 2010
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  • Gait symmetry
  • gyroscope
  • limb loading
  • normalization
  • symmetry index

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