Pediatric Physical Therapy

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Pediatric Physical Therapy:
doi: 10.1097/PEP.0b013e3182352201
Research Articles

Walking Stride Rate Patterns in Children and Youth

Bjornson, Kristie F. PT, PhD, PCS; Song, Kit MD; Zhou, Chuan PhD; Coleman, Kim MS; Myaing, Mon PhD; Robinson, Sarah L. MD

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Abstract

Purpose: To describe walking activity patterns in youth who are typically developing (TD) using a novel analysis of stride data and compare to youth with cerebral palsy (CP) and arthrogryposis (AR).

Method: Stride rate curves were developed from 5 days of StepWatch data for 428 youth ages 2 to 16 years who were TD.

Results: Patterns of stride rates changed with age in the TD group (P = .03 to < .001). Inactivity varied with age (P < .001); peak stride rate decreased with age (P < .001). Curves were stable over a 2-week time frame (P = .38 to .95). Youth with CP and AR have lower stride rate patterns (P = .04 to .001).

Conclusion: This is the first documentation of pediatric stride-rate patterns within the context of daily life. Including peak stride rates and levels of walking activity, this single visual format has potential clinical and research applications.

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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