The head of the new Queensland Motion Analysis Centre has told Campbell Newman his state’s residents have a superior walking style.
Queenslanders’ dislike for shoes make them better at walking than people from other states, an academic says.
Dr Robyn Grote, head of the new Queensland Motion Analysis Centre (QMAC), says sunshine state residents’ love of thongs or bare feet give them a better, more energy efficient gait.
“Our rotations in limbs and pelvis are slightly different compared with those who walk in shoes in a cold climate,” she told AAP.
The more efficiently someone walks, the less prone they are to injury or complications.
Premier Campbell Newman seemed impressed with Queenslanders’ unique walking style after hearing about it at the QMAC’s official opening at the Brisbane Royal and Women’s Hospital on Wednesday.
Dr Grote told Mr Newman she was able to tell if someone was from Queensland based purely on how they walked.
“Well, that’s my thought for the day,” Mr Newman laughed.
Dr Grote previously presented the findings to the European Society of Biomechanics in the Netherlands to highlight the importance of establishing a locally-acquired database to compare patient data.
Health Minister Lawrence Springborg said the centre would be the most sophisticated of its type in the country.
Mr Newman said the technology used to help patients was initially used in the computer games and special effects industries.
The technology, which tracks how patients’ bones move when they walk, will help people with mobility issues, including burns patients and stroke victims, he said.
University student Finbar Mills said the technology has helped him learn to walk again after a motocross accident in 2009 left him a paraplegic.
“They uncovered information about my movement, provided better diagnosis and discovered which muscle wasn’t performing properly and how it affected my gait,” he said.