Stopping & Starting

We are currently investigating the mechanics and control of human velocity change. The results of this study should help further our understanding of the biological processes involved in the control of human locomotion, which will hopefully provide useful strategies that can be used for training and rehabilitation, or designing biomimetic robots or prostheses.


Healthy, athletically-minded participants needed to help investigate the mechanics and control of human velocity change.
We require volunteers to conduct a gait study at the University of Manchester. Participants must:
  • Be aged 18-40 years old
  • Have a BMI within the NHS recommended range (18.5-24.9)
  • Not have a musculoskeletal injury or disease at the time of the experiment
  • Have sufficient language skills to understand and respond to oral instructions during the experiment
Subjects will required to wear sports kit (running shorts, t-shirt and sports shoes) provided on the day. Small reflective markers will be attached to the joints via double-sided tape for motion capture. EMG sensors will also be attached to skin surface using tape. Insoles will be placed in the shoes to record foot pressures. Volunteers will be asked to walk along trackways in the lab whilst data is recorded. The experiment is expected to last 2-3 hours.

Volunteers will be reimbursed for their inconvenience. To take part email:

Approved by Research Ethics Committee 3
Reference Number: 13310
Foot Pressure 660x488