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Gait Analysis Using Wearable Sensors

Author(s): Weijun Tao | Tao Liu | Rencheng Zheng | Hutian Feng

Journal: Sensors
ISSN 1424-8220

Volume: 12;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 2255;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: gait analysis | wearable sensors | human kinematics | joint kinetics | electromyography | clinical application

Gait analysis using wearable sensors is an inexpensive, convenient, and efficient manner of providing useful information for multiple health-related applications. As a clinical tool applied in the rehabilitation and diagnosis of medical conditions and sport activities, gait analysis using wearable sensors shows great prospects. The current paper reviews available wearable sensors and ambulatory gait analysis methods based on the various wearable sensors. After an introduction of the gait phases, the principles and features of wearable sensors used in gait analysis are provided. The gait analysis methods based on wearable sensors is divided into gait kinematics, gait kinetics, and electromyography. Studies on the current methods are reviewed, and applications in sports, rehabilitation, and clinical diagnosis are summarized separately. With the development of sensor technology and the analysis method, gait analysis using wearable sensors is expected to play an increasingly important role in clinical applications.
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