Explaining why springy ankle exoskeletons might make walking easier

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Previous PoWeR Lab PhD student and current postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard, Richard Nuckols, is first author of a preprint that dives into the mechanism by which elastic ankle exoskeletons may reduce the metabolic cost of walking. This work describes how changes in muscle length (measured using ultrasound) and muscle activation may explain why a moderate exoskeleton stiffness made walking less metabolically costly. Check it out here!