Coordination and control: a dynamical systems approach to the analysis of human gait

Aaron D. Likens, Nick Stergiou

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3 Scopus citations


This chapter presents the application of dynamical systems theory (DST) to the study of human movement and gait analysis. Our efforts focus on presenting both theory and practical suggestions regarding the analysis and interpretation of results. Moreover, we have demonstrated a major benefit in applying DST to human gait—simplicity. Our intention in constructing this chapter is to facilitate research in those domains, as we feel there is much revolutionary science yet to come from applying DST to the analysis of gait. Furthermore, we strongly advocate the use of this powerful investigative approach by scientists and clinicians who work in gait analysis laboratories or utilize gait analysis to understand the effects of various pathologies on human gait.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBiomechanics and Gait Analysis
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9780128133729
ISBN (Print)9780128134405
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020


  • Dynamical systems theory
  • dynamics
  • interlimb coordination
  • intralimb coordination
  • limit cycle

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering
  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology


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