Seminar: “The energy-saving benefits of the Achilles tendon during walking…”

Seminar: “The energy-saving benefits of the Achilles tendon during walking, how humans seem to screw it up, and what it means for improving prosthetic technology”.
Speaker: Karl E. Zelik, Ph.D.: Laboratory of Neuromotor Physiology – IRCCS Santa Lucia Foundation – Rome

January 9, 2014
From 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
In Room MA6 of the University of Rome Foro Italico

Lower-limb amputees struggle with mobility-related challenges that make ambulation more fatiguing and increase their risk of developing degenerative disorders such as osteoarthritis. However, amputee health and quality of life may be improved by developing prostheses that more effectively restore lower-limb function, in particular that of the ankle and foot. This presentation summarizes a series of experimental and computational studies that explore the natural function of the ankle during walking, specifically the energy-saving benefits of Achilles tendon elasticity, the somewhat enigmatic role of the foot, and the implications for advancing prosthetic feet and other assistive technologies.
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