Computer simulations show effectiveness of muscular control strategies used while walking

Anyone walking in the city has had to adjust their gait again and again to navigate curbs or steps. Every person develops control strategies for the changes in muscle activity required for this, which protect them from tripping and falling accidents. Researchers at the University of Bayreuth have now analyzed these strategies and their effectiveness using computer simulations. They were able to show that a strategy based on visual perception, which prepares the muscles for differences in height at an early stage, protects far better than situational muscle reflexes. Their study is presented in Scientific Reports.

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