Gait event detection in laboratory and real life settings: Accuracy of ankle and waist sensor based methods

Fabio A. Storm, Christopher J. Buckley, Claudia Mazzà

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Abstract

Wearable sensors technology based on inertial measurement units (IMUs) is leading the transition from laboratory-based gait analysis, to daily life gait monitoring. However, the validity of IMU-based methods for the detection of gait events has only been tested in laboratory settings, which may not reproduce real life walking patterns. The aim of this study was to evaluate the accuracy of two algorithms for the detection of gait events and temporal parameters during free-living walking, one based on two shank-worn inertial sensors, and the other based on one waist-worn sensor. The algorithms were applied to gait data of ten healthy subjects walking both indoor and outdoor, and completing protocols that entailed both straight supervised and free walking in an urban environment. The values obtained from the inertial sensors were compared to pressure insoles data. The shank-based method showed very accurate initial contact, stride time and step time estimation (
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)42-46
Number of pages5
JournalGait and Posture
Volume50
Early online date12 Aug 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2016
Externally publishedYes

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