Intralimb coordination following obstacle clearance during running: The effect of obstacle height

Nicholas Stergiou, Shane D. Scholten, Jody L. Jensen, Daniel Blanke

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The purpose of this study was to investigate the different coordination strategies used following obstacle clearance during running. Ten subjects ran over a level surface and over obstacles of six different heights (10, 12.5, 15, 17.5, 20 and 22.5% of their standing height). Analysis based upon the dynamical systems theory (DST) was used and the phasing relationships between lower extremity segments were examined. The results demonstrated that the increasing obstacle height elicited behavioral changes. The foot and the leg became more independent in their actions, while the leg and the thigh strengthened their already stable relationship. The 15% obstacle height seems to be a critical height for the observed changes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)210-220
Number of pages11
JournalGait and Posture
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 7 2001



  • Dynamical systems theory
  • Intralimb coordination
  • Obstacle
  • Running

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Rehabilitation

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