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Gait Posture. 2019 Jul 29. pii: S0966-6362(19)30352-2. doi: 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2019.07.379. [Epub ahead of print]

Words matter: instructions dictate "self-selected" walking speed in young adults.

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Auburn University School of Kinesiology, 301 Wire Road, Auburn, AL, 36849, United States.
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Auburn University School of Kinesiology, 301 Wire Road, Auburn, AL, 36849, United States. Electronic address: jroper@auburn.edu.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Variability in gait speed is influenced by age and health status. However, no study has investigated the effects of different instructions on gait speed.

RESEARCH QUESTION:

This study investigated how walking prompts contributed to variability in gait speed.

METHODS:

Participants walked on a pressurized walkway. Gait speed variability was assessed using multilevel modeling.

RESULTS:

61% of the variance in gait speed was due to instruction, while 14% was due to individual differences.

SIGNIFICANCE:

Reference values for gait speed across a number of prompts will be highly useful for assessing gait performance in young adults. Further, the instruction given produces a large amount of variability in selected walking speed. This finding urges researchers to maintain consistency when delivering walking instructions.

KEYWORDS:

Gait speed; Gait speed variability; Walking; Walking instructions

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