Apr 14, 2020

Gait analysis of healthy rhesus monkeys using a pressure-sensing walkway system

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J. WonYoungjeon Lee


Gait analysis in non-human primate models has been performed to elucidate the neural systems involved in controlling quadrupedal locomotor behavior. This study aimed to use a pressure-sensing walkway to identify characteristics of species-specific quadrupedal locomotion in rhesus monkeys. A total of nine healthy adult female rhesus monkeys ( Macaca mulatta ) were used for gait analysis. We measured the temporo-spatial and kinetic parameters of quadrupedal gait using a custom-built pressure-sensing walkway and compared the left- and right-side parameters to assess the symmetry of the gait pattern. All temporo-spatial and kinetic parameter values showed no significant differences among the nine rhesus monkeys for both the forelimbs and hindlimbs. However, significant differences were observed between forelimb and hindlimb kinetic parameters such as peak vertical force, vertical impulse, and the percentage of body weight distribution. All kinetic parameter values were higher for the forelimbs than for the hindlimbs. These data indicated that the center of gravity in healthy rhesus monkeys is located at the forelimbs rather than at the hindlimbs while walking. Furthermore, the symmetry indices considered for symmetric gait pattern ...Continue Reading

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