Creator

Zachary Barrons

Committee Member

Heise, Gary

Committee Member

Smith, Jeremy D.

Department

Sport and Exercise Science

Institution

University of Northern Colorado

Type of Resources

Text

Place of Publication

Greeley (Colo.)

Publisher

University of Northern Colorado

Date Created

5-2019

Extent

62 pages

Digital Origin

Born digital

Abstract

The purpose of the present investigation was to examine the influence of footwear on walking stability. Twenty healthy women walked at 1.3 m/s on an instrumented treadmill. One hundred steps (50-right, 50-left) were analyzed from two walking conditions (shod, unshod). The variability of the center of pressure (COP) for each step was calculated for quadrants of the contact period. Significant differences in variability were seen between shod and unshod conditions in all quadrants as well as differences between left and right feet in quadrants one and four. Restricted foot motion while shod may explain the differences seen in COP variability. This suggests footwear may provide a more stable walking base for “at-risk” populations from which they are less likely to fall than when barefoot.

Degree type

MS

Degree Name

Master

Local Identifiers

BarronsThesis19.pdf

Rights Statement

Copyright is held by the author.

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