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    Following are the responses I received to my query about the Kistler
    Gaitway (forceplate treadmill system). Thanks to all who replied.


    I received your message regarding the Kistler Gaitway system. We have
    one in our biomechanics laboratory here at CMU. What would you like to
    know? Overall our experience has been very positive. Treadmill-based
    gait, however, is different than over-ground. Those differences present
    considerable advantages on some accounts, and considerable limitations
    on others.
    Peter V. Loubert PhD, PT, ATC
    Associate Professor of Physical Therapy
    Central Michigan University
    Mount Pleasant, MI 48859 USA

    Phone: 517-774-2396
    Fax: 517-774-2908


    I've used Gaitway (we were lent a system for a couple of months). I'm
    quite impressed with the system in trems of how easy it is to use and
    collect representative forces for someone walking or running. There
    are obviousl limitations - it only measures the vertical force; there
    are problems with vibratioon and it can't cope with limped walking
    (e.g above the knee amputee).

    Despite these limitations I've managed to use it to determine the
    change in GRF for alterations in prosthetic alignment (I've just
    presented this work to the IXth World Congress of ISPO, in Amsterdam)
    as-well-as other research areas.

    What sort of information were you after - let me know and I'll try
    and help.

    John Buckley
    Biomechanics Research Group
    Dept of Exercise + Sport Science
    Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.
    fax: +44 161 2476375


    We have a Kistler gaitway treadmill on site as part of a grant program
    sponsored by Kistler. It has been onsite for almost a year now. We have
    found the treadmill to be exceptional in performance and has met our
    rehabilitative and scientific needs. The software is user friendly and
    sound (i.e. - no bugs to speak of).

    The only draw back for us was the size and wieght (around 1300 lbs.) of
    the treadmill. We had a difficult time unloading and getting the
    treadmill to the basement of the hospital where our lab is located. We
    also had to install special electrical outlets for power. The specs for
    these plugs were made available to us by Kistler in advance.

    We primarily use the treadmill for gait training/re-training for variuos
    orthopedic surgical procedures (total knee, hip, etc...). We have
    attempted gait studies with CP kids which was difficult. The people you
    are testing must be able to seperate there left and right foot strikes
    adequately (i.e., can not "shuffle") in order for the Kistler software
    to use its alogrythm to seperate foot strikes and identifye typicall
    VGRF patterns (f1, f2, loading rate, etc...). I am assuming you are
    aware that the treadmill only defines Vertical GRFs and not shear (or
    moment) data.

    I would be happy to discuss the treadmill in detail by phone.

    Best Regards,

    Mike Torry, Ph.D.
    Research Fellow
    Steadman-Hawkins Sports Medicine Foundation
    970-479-9797 ext.5224


    Here at UB we (Scott White and myself) have been using a Gaitway
    system for a while and have been generally pleased with it. What
    specific questions do you have?

    Louise Gilchrist
    Louise Gilchrist, PhD
    Department of Physical Therapy, Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
    SUNY at Buffalo
    405 Kimball Tower
    Buffalo, NY 14222
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