Gait characteristics of subjects with chronic fatigue syndrome and controls at self-selected and matched velocities

Lorna Paul, Danny Rafferty, Leslie Wood, William M. Maclaren

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Abstract

Gait abnormalities have been reported in individuals with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) however no studies exist to date investigating the kinematics of individuals with CFS in over-ground gait. The aim of this study was to compare the over-ground gait pattern (sagittal kinematics and temporal and spatial) of individuals with CFS and control subjects at their self-selected and at matched velocities. Twelve individuals with CFS and 12 matched controls participated in the study. Each subject walked along a 7.2 m walkway three times at each of three velocities: self-selected, relatively slow (0.45 ms-1) and a relatively fast (1.34 ms-1). A motion analysis system was used to investigate the sagittal plane joint kinematics and temporal spatial parameters of gait.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation
Volume5
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2008

Keywords

  • neurobiology
  • chronic fatigue syndrome

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