2021 Emerging Scientist Award Winner

Dr. Tom J.W. Buurke

About the Winning Proposal

Predictive simulations of hemiparetic gait to explore the effects of muscle weakness on walking asymmetry and energetics

We used predictive simulations to explore the effect of unilateral muscle weakness on step length asymmetry and metabolic cost of transport. 90% unilateral plantar flexor, dorsiflexor, and knee flexor weakness, but not knee extensor or hip flexor/extensor weakness, led to step length asymmetry. Imposing step length symmetry increased the cost of transport for all simulations. These results suggest that walking with asymmetric step lengths after stroke may be more economical than imposing symmetric step lengths.

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About the Winner

Dr. Tom J.W. Buurke

Name 
Dr. Tom J.W. Buurke

Present Occupation
Postdoctoral fellow in the Human Movement Biomechanics Research Group at the Department of Movement Sciences, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium.

Educational Background
I. BSc in Human Movement Sciences from the University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands (2014)
II. MSc in Human Movement Sciences from the University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands (2016)
III. PhD in Human Movement Sciences from the University of Groningen, University Medical Center Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands (2020)

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