LOWER EXTREMITY JOINT TORQUE OF TAI CHI GAIT – A PILOT STUDY

  • K. Inoue
  • H. Kobayashi
  • A. Uematsu
  • S. Suzuki
Keywords: Tai Chi, kinetics, biomechanics, joint torque

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Tai Chi is becoming popular among people of all age groups. Although a number of studies have reported the effect of Tai Chi practice on physical fitness [1], the evidence from biomechanical aspect has not been researched sufficiently. To interpret its effect, such as balance and muscle strength, biomechanical information is important. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to obtain information on the biomechanical characteristics of Tai Chi gait (TCG). In this study, TCG was compared to normal walking (NW) to characterize it.