Biomechanical analysis of two methods of descending stairs

Francois G. D Beaulieu
The activity of descending stairs increases loading at the joints of the lower extremities (Andriacchi et al., 1980) as compared to walking (McFadyen and Winter, 1988), which may cause certain discomfort and or difficulties in completing the task. This study compared and contrasted the kinematics and kinetics of forward and backward stair descent to Winter's level walking (1991). We compared the support moments and moment powers of the lower limb joints while descending stairs and...
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