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Walking speed in children and young adults with neuromuscular disease: comparison between two assessment methods

Pirpiris, M, Wilkinson, AJ, Rodda, J, Nguyen, TC, Baker, RJ, Nattrass, GR and Graham, HK 2003, 'Walking speed in children and young adults with neuromuscular disease: comparison between two assessment methods' , Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics, 23 (3) , pp. 302-307.

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    Abstract

    Summary: Self-selected walking speed is being increasingly used as a primary outcome measure in the management of neuromuscular disease. It would be useful if the speed recorded in the gait laboratory represented the child’s walking speed in the community. This study investigated the difference in self selected walking speeds between a 10-meter walk, as measured during instrumented gait analysis, and a 10-minute walk. The authors found that self-selected walking speed during the 10- minute walk was slower than the self-selected walking speed recorded during the 10-meter walk. The former may be more representative of walking speed in the community setting. Walking speed measured during walks of 10 minutes or more should become an integral part of gait laboratory evaluation.

    Item Type: Article
    Themes: Health and Wellbeing
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care
    Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Health Sciences
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics
    Publisher: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins
    Refereed: Yes
    ISSN: 0271-6798
    Depositing User: RH Shuttleworth
    Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2011 10:02
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:59
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/16565

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