A technique for normalizing centre of pressure paths

J Biomech. 1990;23(9):927-32. doi: 10.1016/0021-9290(90)90357-9.


Centre of pressure paths may be expected to provide useful information in the analysis of gait. In this paper, a technique for normalizing and averaging centre of pressure paths is presented. It utilizes force data obtained from force platform measurements together with information about the placement of the foot on the force platform. This placement is described by specifying the location of the 'centre' and 'midline' of the foot which are defined for a footprint. The coordinate system associated with a footprint is defined and centre of pressure locations are determined in relation to this system. A comparison of the centre of pressure paths obtained using this method and the method proposed by Cavanagh [J. Biomechanics 11, 487-491 (1978)] shows significant differences. It is concluded that the selection of an appropriate technique to obtain centre of pressure paths is important.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Biomechanical Phenomena
  • Foot / physiology*
  • Gait / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mathematics
  • Pressure
  • Reference Values