A new way of analysing symmetrical and asymmetrical gaits in quadrupeds

C R Biol. 2003 Jul;326(7):625-30. doi: 10.1016/s1631-0691(03)00170-7.

Abstract

This new approach highlights for the first time that all the gaits, symmetrical as well as asymmetrical, correspond to the succession of sequences that start by the movements of the two fore limbs, followed by the movements of the two hind limbs. Inside those sequences, the gaits are identified by the time lag between the movements of the two pairs and by the time lag between the movements of the two feet inside each pair. This approach, by breaking the stride paradigm, gives a new framework to locomotion analysis.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Gait / physiology*
  • Locomotion / physiology*