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Title: Walkway lengths for measuring walking speed in stroke rehabilitation
Authors: Ng, SMS 
Ng, PCM
Lee, CYW
Ng, ESW
Tong, MHW
Issue Date: Jan-2012
Source: Journal of rehabilitation medicine, Jan. 2012, v. 44, no. 1, p. 43-46
Abstract: 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.
Keywords: Walking
Stroke
Speed
Rehabilitation
Hemiplegia
Publisher: Foundation for Rehabilitation Information
Journal: Journal of rehabilitation medicine 
ISSN: 1650-1977
EISSN: 1651-2081
DOI: 10.2340/16501977-0906
Rights: © 2012 The Authors.
Journal Compilation © 2012 Foundation of Rehabilitation Information.
The article is available at <http://www.medicaljournals.se/jrm/content/?doi=10.2340/16501977-0906>
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