n International SportMed Journal - Measurement error of rearfoot kinematics during running between a 100Hz and 30Hz camera : original research article

Volume 10, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1528-3356



: Measurement accuracy is critical for biomechanical gait assessment. Very few studies have determined the accuracy of common clinical rearfoot variables between cameras with different collection frequencies. : What is the measurement error for common rearfoot gait parameters when using a standard 30Hz digital camera compared to 100Hz camera? : Descriptive. : 100 footfalls were recorded from 10 subjects (10 footfalls per subject) running on a treadmill at 2.68m/s. A high-speed digital timer, accurate within 1ms served as an external reference. Markers were placed along the vertical axis of the heel counter and the long axis of the shank. 2D coordinates for the four markers were determined from heel strike to heel lift. Variables of interest included time of heel strike (THS), time of heel lift (THL), time to maximum eversion (TMax), and maximum rearfoot eversion angle (EvMax). : THS difference was 29.77ms (±8.77), THL difference was 35.64ms (±6.85), and TMax difference was 16.50ms (±2.54). These temporal values represent a difference equal to 11.9%, 14.3%, and 6.6% of the stance phase of running gait, respectively. EvMax difference was 1.02 degrees (±0.46). : A 30Hz camera is accurate, compared to a high-frequency camera, in determining TMax and EvMax during a clinical gait analysis. However, relatively large differences, in excess of 12% of the stance phase of gait, for THS and THL variables were measured.

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