Journal article

Basic gait and symmetry measures for primary school-aged children and young adults. II: Walking at slow, free and fast speed

Noel Lythgo, Cameron Wilson, Mary Galea

GAIT & POSTURE | ELSEVIER IRELAND LTD | Published : 2011

Abstract

This study recorded basic gait data from 656 healthy primary school-aged children (5-13 years) and 81 young adults (18-27 years) whilst walking over-ground across a level walkway at varying speed. It investigated the effect of gait speed and re-examined the issue of gait maturation. Participants completed 6-8 walks at self-selected slow, free and fast speed along a GAITRite walkway whilst wearing athletic shoes. Outcome measures (non-normalized and normalized) were gait speed, cadence, step and stride length, step and stride time, support base, single and double support (%), stance duration (%), foot angle and associated symmetry measures. Compared to free speed, participants walked 24% slow..

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