The effects of walking workstations on biomechanical performance

Daniel M. Grindle, Lauren Baker, Mike Furr, Tim Puterio, Brian Knarr, Jill Higginson

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Abstract

Prolonged sitting has been associated with negative health effects. Walking workstations have become increasingly popular in the workplace. There is a lack of research on the biomechanical effect of walking workstations. This study analyzed whether walking while working alters normal gait patterns. A total of 9 participants completed 4 walking trials at 2.4 and 4.0 km·h−1: baseline walking condition, walking while performing a math task, a reading task, and a typing task. Biomechanical data were collected using standard motion capture procedures. The first maximum vertical ground reaction force, stride width, stride length, minimum toe clearance, peak swing hip abduction and flexion angles, peak swing and stance ankle dorsiflexion, and knee flexion angles were analyzed. Differences between conditions were evaluated using analysis of variance tests with Bonferroni correction (P ≤ .05). Stride width decreased during the reading task at both speeds. Although other parameters exhibited significant differences when multitasking, these changes were within the normal range of gait variability. It appears that for short periods, walking workstations do not negatively impact gait in healthy young adults.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)349-353
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of applied biomechanics
Volume34
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2018

Keywords

  • Biomechanics
  • Exercise
  • Gait analysis
  • Motion analysis
  • Motor control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Rehabilitation

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