Can the Center of Mass Reflect the Metabolic Expenditure?



  • Ying ki FUNG (馮英騏) National Taiwan Normal University, TAIWAN (國立台灣師範大學)
  • Tyzz yuang SHIANG (相子元) National Taiwan Normal University, TAIWAN (國立台灣師範大學)



Center of mass, preferred transition speed, energetically optimal transition speed, metabolic expenditure


LANGUAGE NOTE | Document text in English; abstract also in Chinese.

In the past studies, the movement of center or mass (COM) was one of the descriptor to estimate the metabolic expenditure. However, the sensitivity of this method among the wide range speed, the locomotion pattern and during the Energetically Optimal Transition Speed (EOTS) is still unexplored. Hence that, the purpose of this investigation was to determine the metabolic and COM pattern differences between walk and run among the EOTS with a reflective marker motion analysis system and indirect pulmonary ventilation machine. The results showed that there is a metabolic intersection on two locomotion patterns (walk and run) between 100 and 125% Preferred Transition Speed (PTS), which coincides with the past EOTS studies, whereas, COM result showed that the variation of vertical COM displacement for running is significantly higher than walking among the entire tested speed. The pattern between the metabolic and COM variables is an inverse relation after the EOTS. Hence, the present investigator doubted that there would be a reliability problem for those instruments which use the COM displacement to estimate the metabolic cost or the intensity of physical activity among 5.15 to 9.82km/h for walk and run.



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FUNG, Y. ki, & SHIANG, T. yuang. (2010). Can the Center of Mass Reflect the Metabolic Expenditure? 身體質量中心可以評估身體耗能嗎?. Asian Journal of Physical Education &Amp; Recreation, 16(1), 16–21.