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Walkway lengths for measuring walking speed in stroke rehabilitation.
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PMID:  22234320     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Objectives: To investigate the effect of walkway length (5, 8 or 10 m) on measurements of comfortable and maximum walking speed. Design: A cross-sectional study. Setting: University-based rehabilitation centre. Subjects: Patients (n = 25) with chronic stroke. Methods: Timed walking with different walkway lengths (5, 8 and 10 m) walkways were recorded using a stop-watch. Results: No significant effect of walkway length was found on either the comfortable or maximum walking speed in subjects with chronic stroke. For all walkway lengths, comfortable speed was significantly different from maximum speed (p < 0.001). Conclusion: There is no significant effect of walkway length (5, 8 and 10 m) on either comfortable or maximum walking speed. Different walkway lengths can yield consistent results in measuring gait speed clinically. A 5-m walkway with standardized 2-m acceleration and deceleration distances is recommended as it occupies the least space and imposes less stress on subjects.
Shamay S M Ng; Phoebe C M Ng; Connie Y W Lee; Elva S W Ng; Mimi H W Tong
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of rehabilitation medicine : official journal of the UEMS European Board of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine     Volume:  44     ISSN:  1651-2081     ISO Abbreviation:  J Rehabil Med     Publication Date:  2012 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-01-11     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101088169     Medline TA:  J Rehabil Med     Country:  Sweden    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  43-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong (SAR), China. E-mail:,
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