Riona describes the university's gait lab
as the 'gold standard' for such research, but says the team she is part of - fronted by Professor Lynn Rochester, director of the Clinical Ageing Research Unit at Newcastle University and head of the Brain and Movement Research Group - is now examining the potential of wearable technology.
The experiment was conducted in a gait lab
that was equipped with Nexus Vicon motion analysis system (612 Oxford Metrics, Oxford, UK) with eight cameras (MX-F20) at a sampling rate of 100 Hz and Kistler force plates (type 28112A2-3S, Kistler Holding AG, Switzerland) mounted in the fixed platform.
Without a gait lab
we can recommend popular running shoes based on technology, experience and feedback but unless you know or check your gait it's impossible to tell whether it will be the right shoe for you.
Unique biomechanical footbed technology helps reduce excessive pronation (walking with most of your weight on the inside edge of your foot), maintain a good, natural alignment and in turn, reduce foot and knee pain and strain on other areas of the body associated with walking badly and unsupportive footwear (backed up by Birmingham Gait Lab
We are also engaged in a project with the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in which a variation of our smartphone app is used to collect accelerometer data from patients as they walk in a gait lab
. The medical practitioners provide us with diagnoses of any gait abnormalities and we then use this data, along with data-mining methods, to generate a predictive model.
For the walking trials, the subject was wheeled to one end of the gait lab
, at which point he stood with the assistance of an experimenter.
"Through the gait lab
we can analyse the muscle functions in complex cases," he said.
The gait lab
, computer-assisted rehabilitation environment (CAREN), and natatorium on the first floor of the CFI impacted the facility design.
Medical personnel at NICOE will treat the most severe TBI cases using a range of resources, including neurology, neuropsychology, psychology, psychiatry, cognitive therapy and pharmacological therapy departments, as well as an occupational therapy gym, gait lab
, outdoor and sight rehabilitation spaces, vehicle and firearm simulators and a virtual-reality room.
The four-story 65,000-square-foot center includes clinical space, a military performance lab, a gait lab
and computer assisted rehabilitation environment.
THE gait lab
at the Royal Leamington Spa Rehabilitation Hospital helps people with walking problems by carrying out hi-tech assessments.