Changes in Spatio-Temporal Gait Measures Throughout a Load-Bearing Military March

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Civil and Mechanical Engineering

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Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics,

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Conference Proceeding


This research examined the changes in gait throughout loaded military march. Data on pace, step length, stance time, and cadence were collected in the field during a dismounted military movement. The results showed that all gait metrics tended to decline with fatigue until approximately 65% completion, when they improved toward the starting values. Pace demonstrated the most marked changes with time, which suggests that it may be the best measure of fatigue status.

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