Volume 87, Number 5, September 2009
Article Number 58003
Number of page(s) 4
Section Interdisciplinary Physics and Related Areas of Science and Technology
Published online 22 September 2009
EPL, 87 (2009) 58003
DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/87/58003

Least-action principle in gait

Y. F. Fan1, M. Loan2, Y. B. Fan3, Z. Y. Li4 and D. L. Luo1

1   Center for Scientific Research, Guangzhou Institute of Physical Education - Guangzhou 510500, China
2   International School, Jinan University - Guangzhou 510632, China
3   Bioengineering Department, Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics - Beijing 100191, China
4   College of Foreign Languages, Jinan University - Guangzhou 510632, China

received 8 July 2009; accepted in final form 24 August 2009; published September 2009
published online 22 September 2009

We apply the laws of human gait vertical ground reaction force and discover the existence of the phenomenon of least-action principle in gait. Using a capacitive mat transducer system, we obtain the variations of human gait vertical ground reaction force and establish a structure equation for the resultant of such a force. Defining the deviation of vertical force as an action function, we observe from our gait optimization analysis the least-action principle at half of the stride time. We develop an evaluation index of mechanical-energy consumption based upon the least-action principle in gait. We conclude that these observations can be employed to enhance the accountability of gait evaluation.

87.85.G - Biomechanics.
87.85.gj - Movement and locomotion. - Optimization.

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