Development of temporal and distance parameters of gait in normal children

Susan Hillman, Ben W. Stansfield, Alison M. Richardson, James E. Robb

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Abstract

Temporal and distance parameters of 33 normal children were obtained from instrumented gait analysis prospectively over five consecutive years. The parameters were normalised to minimise the confounding effects of increasing height and leg length. Rank correlations were performed on normalised speed, normalised stride length, normalised cadence and normalised walk ratio across consecutive pairs of years to examine the ranking of these parameters for an individual child over time. Consistent trends of increasing rank correlation were observed in normalised stride length and normalised walk ratio suggesting that individual children were continuing to adjust these gait parameters towards their own characteristic position within the normal range. Consistent trends were not observed in the rank correlations for normalised speed and normalised cadence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)81-85
Number of pages5
JournalGait and Posture
Volume29
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2009

Keywords

  • gait
  • posture

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