Study finds that Japanese children walk differently from those in other countries

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According to a new study linking exercise patterns and health, Japanese children walk differently than those in other countries.

The study, which was recently published in the journal “Scientific Reports,” found that gait patterns in Japanese children ages 6 to 12 differ from those in other developed countries.

A person’s walking is a complex and unconscious motor pattern that is vital to daily functioning and consists of a series of movements using the hip, knee and foot.

Age-related variations in lower limb movements during gait were studied by scientists at Nagoya University in Japan. The researchers believe that understanding gait patterns can significantly help determine a person’s health and quality of life.

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During the study, scientists found four key differences between the different age groups.

In Japanese children aged 11-12 years, the number of steps taken per minute was higher than in the age group 6-8 years. Researchers also found a decrease in step and stride length for children ages 11-12 compared to those in the 9-10 age group.

Children in the age group of 11-12 years also showed less freedom of movement in the knee during their gait cycle. As the children got older, they had a higher plantar flexion movement, which refers to the movement of pointing the toes at the beginning of walking.

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The co-author of the study, Ito Tadashi of the Department of Integrated Health Science at Nagoya University believes that several factors influence the gait pattern of Japanese children.

“We believe that differences in lifestyle, build and cultural factors all affect the gait of Japanese children,” Ito told the Independent. “This is unlikely to affect the health of Japanese children. But it does indicate different characteristics than those of children in other countries. These results provide an important tool for assessing normal and pathological gait and may determine the effectiveness of orthopedic treatment and rehabilitation for gait disorders.”

With the study’s findings, scientists hope to learn how to assess developmental changes and gait abnormalities from children’s gait patterns.

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