Walking and running in low gravity cannot be used at useful speeds, while ‘skipping’, a gait displayed by kids and spontaneously adopted by astronauts of Apollo missions, proved to have the potential to become the gait of choice in that condition. In this paper the previous biomechanical and bioenergy analysis of level skipping is extended to positive and negative gradients, in normal gravity. The results confirm at all gradients the higher (average) ground reaction force during the contact phase, with respect to running at the same speed, which would allow confidently facing the Lunar surface where the dust and regoliths affect, in addition to a lower gravity, the locomotion dynamics. Metabolic data, other gait variables related to the mechanical work done and the locomotor/respiratory coupling have also been investigated

The energetics and mechanics of level and gradient skipping : preliminary results for a potential gait of choice in low gravity environments / A.E. Minetti, G. Pavei, C.M. Biancardi. - In: PLANETARY AND SPACE SCIENCE. - ISSN 0032-0633. - 74:1(2012 Dec), pp. 142-145. [10.1016/j.pss.2012.06.004]

The energetics and mechanics of level and gradient skipping : preliminary results for a potential gait of choice in low gravity environments

A.E. Minetti
Primo
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G. Pavei
Secondo
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C.M. Biancardi
Ultimo
2012-12

Abstract

Walking and running in low gravity cannot be used at useful speeds, while ‘skipping’, a gait displayed by kids and spontaneously adopted by astronauts of Apollo missions, proved to have the potential to become the gait of choice in that condition. In this paper the previous biomechanical and bioenergy analysis of level skipping is extended to positive and negative gradients, in normal gravity. The results confirm at all gradients the higher (average) ground reaction force during the contact phase, with respect to running at the same speed, which would allow confidently facing the Lunar surface where the dust and regoliths affect, in addition to a lower gravity, the locomotion dynamics. Metabolic data, other gait variables related to the mechanical work done and the locomotor/respiratory coupling have also been investigated
Bioenergetics ; Biomechanics ; Skipping ; Low gravity ; Speed ; Gradient
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