Gait on slippery floors.

You seem to see a glossy wetness to the tile floor ahead of you in the supermarket. Is that just a really polished floor or is that water? Hey, it might be slippery, lets make some adaptive changes up there in the brain.
Postural and temporal gait adaptations, which affected ground reaction forces occur.
This study found that “statistically significant gait adaptations included reductions in stance duration (SD) and loading speed on the supporting foot, shorter normalized stride length (NSL), reduced foot-ramp angle and slower angular foot velocity at heel contact. As a result of these adaptations, anticipation of slippery surfaces led to significant changes in lower extremity joint moments, a reflection of overall muscle reactions.”
Significant gait changes occur when there is percieved risk of slipping, and in this study, “even though subjects were asked to walk as naturally as possible”.

Changes in gait when anticipating slippery floors.
Cham R, et al. Gait Posture. 2002.

Reteaching sensory-motor patterns

Trying to reteach your client’s CNS new sensory-motor patterns so they can move better ? We like to say that the first few weeks are like paying down a mortgage, you do not own them, you are cerebrally renting those changes and barely paying down the principle. It takes focused work and time to truly own the changes so that they translate into better movement.
“Depending on the complexity of the activity, [experiments have required] four and a half months, 144 days or even three months for a new brain map, equal in complexity to an old one, to be created in the motor cortex.” -Swart
New connections and pathways are fragile and only through repetition and practice and focused attention can those connections be established enough to become habitual or default behaviors.

Neuroscience for Leadership: Harnessing the Brain Gain Advantage (The Neuroscience of Business). Tara Swart