The heel-rise movement at the end of the stance phase during normal walking has been repeatedly shown to have a major effect on energy expenditure. Being able to accurately assess calf muscle function is of high clinical importance. Ideally, the optimal method of doing so would be more robust than simply counting heel-rise repetitions and would also use equipment available in a clinical setting (i.e., not laboratory-based tools). The current study aimed to evaluate the use of trunk accelerometry as a cost-effective and easily applied alternative. The results showed that trunk accelerometry is a valid and reliable tool for the measurement of force and mechanical power generated by the calf muscles.
Volume 48 Number 9, 2011
Pages 1137 — 1144
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