Japanese children learn to walk differently compared to others, study finds

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Japanese children develop walking patterns differently from children in other countries, according to a new study that sheds more light on the ways the body’s movement patterns are linked to health.

research, recently published in the journal scientific reportfound that although the gait patterns of Japanese children aged 6–12 years are similar to those of children in other developed countries, their development differed over the years.

In the study, including scientists from Nagoya University in Japan, age-related differences in lower limb movements during walking were assessed.

A person’s gait is a complex, unconscious motor pattern required for most daily activities, including a sequence of movements involving the hip, knee, and leg.

Gait may be important for measuring a person’s quality of life and health status, and understanding the forces involved in gait could help people treat movement disorders, the researchers said.

They found four significant differences between the age groups in the study.

Children aged 11-12 showed an increase in the number of steps taken in a minute compared to children aged 6-8.

The researchers also found that children aged 11-12 had decreased strides and step length compared to children aged 9-10.

The scientists reported that Japanese children aged 11-12 years had less range of motion of the knee during the gait cycle.

And as children aged, they observed a moment of high plantar flexion—the motion when the toes point at the beginning of a walking motion.

“We believe that differences in lifestyle, construction and cultural factors all influence Japanese children’s gait,” said co-author Tadashi Ito, from the Department of Integrative Health Sciences at Nagoya University.

“This is unlikely to affect the health of Japanese children. But it does indicate characteristics different from those of children in other countries. These results provide an important tool for assessing normal and pathological gait and orthopedic treatment. may determine the effectiveness and rehabilitation of gait disorders,” Dr. Ito said.

The researchers hope the findings may be useful for assessing developmental changes in gait patterns and for detecting gait abnormalities in children.

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