A public dataset of overground and treadmill walking kinematics and kinetics in healthy individuals

PeerJ. 2018 Apr 24;6:e4640. doi: 10.7717/peerj.4640. eCollection 2018.


In a typical clinical gait analysis, the gait patterns of pathological individuals are commonly compared with the typically faster, comfortable pace of healthy subjects. However, due to potential bias related to gait speed, this comparison may not be valid. Publicly available gait datasets have failed to address this issue. Therefore, the goal of this study was to present a publicly available dataset of 42 healthy volunteers (24 young adults and 18 older adults) who walked both overground and on a treadmill at a range of gait speeds. Their lower-extremity and pelvis kinematics were measured using a three-dimensional (3D) motion-capture system. The external forces during both overground and treadmill walking were collected using force plates and an instrumented treadmill, respectively. The results include both raw and processed kinematic and kinetic data in different file formats: c3d and ASCII files. In addition, a metadata file is provided that contain demographic and anthropometric data and data related to each file in the dataset. All data are available at Figshare (DOI: 10.6084/m9.figshare.5722711). We foresee several applications of this public dataset, including to examine the influences of speed, age, and environment (overground vs. treadmill) on gait biomechanics, to meet educational needs, and, with the inclusion of additional participants, to use as a normative dataset.

Keywords: Biomechanics; Gait; Human movement; Kinematics; Kinetics.

Associated data

  • figshare/10.6084/m9.figshare.5722711.v2

Grant support

This study was supported by Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo from Brazil (#2014/13502-7, #2015/14810-0). The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.