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Why Do Japanese Children Walk Differently? Surprising Revelations

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    Science News

    Researchers at Nagoya University provided interesting insights into how Japanese children walk. The study is published in the journal Scientific Reports.

    The Study

    The research team used a 3D gait analysis system to investigate age-related differences in lower limb movements in the walk of Japanese children.

    The Findings

    The results revealed that Japanese children walk differently from children of other cultures. This is because of the significant socio-cultural factors that influence the way children in Japan learn to walk. It was seen that Japanese children’s gait patterns and gait parameters changed much with age.

    One of the lead researchers, Dr. Ito., elaborated: “We believe that differences in lifestyle, build, and cultural factors all affect Japanese children’s gait. These results provide an important tool for assessing normal and pathological gait and can determine the effectiveness of orthopedic treatment and rehabilitation for gait disorders.

    To Know More You May Refer To

    ‌Ito, T., Noritake, K., Ito, Y., Tomita, H., Mizusawa, J., Sugiura, H., Matsunaga, N., Ochi, N., & Sugiura, H. (2022). Three-dimensional gait analysis of lower extremity gait parameters in Japanese children aged 6 to 12 years. Scientific Reports, 12(1). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-022-11906-1