2022 Volume 37 Issue 4 Pages 441-445
[Purpose] The purpose of this study was to clarify the effects of Nordic walking (NW) and T-shaped cane walking on gait and posture. [Participants and Methods] The subjects were 20 healthy young adults who had no experience of NW. Walking on a treadmill was performed under three conditions: NW, walking with a T-shaped cane, and walking without a cane. The walking speed was set as a comfortable walking speed. The angles of each part of the body (neck, trunk, hip joint, and knee joint) were calculated using a motion capture system and compared. [Results] The maximum flexion of the neck during walking with a T-shaped cane was significantly larger than that of normal walking. In NW, the maximum knee flexion during walking was significantly smaller. [Conclusion] The results suggest that NW may be more effective for patients with cervical disease and knee joint disease when reduction of mechanical load is desired.