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Title: Self-selected walking speed predicts ability to run following traumatic brain injury.
Epworth Authors: Williams, Gavin
Other Authors: Schache, Anthony
Morris, Meg
Keywords: Physiotherapy Department, Epworth Hospital, Richmond, Victoria, Australia
McGuigan, Sean
Brain Injuries
Brain Injuries, Traumatic
Traumatic Brain Injury
Trauma, Brain
Balance, Postural
Mobility Limitation
Falls, Accidental
Issue Date: Sep-2013
Publisher: Wolters Kluwer
Citation: Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation 2013; 28 (5): 379-385
Abstract: Objective: To identify factors that predict running ability following traumatic brain injury (TBI), and to quantify performance thresholds for these predictors. Design: Cross-sectional cohort study. Participants: One hundred fourteen people with TBI. Outcome Measures: Self-selected walking speed, the high-level mobility assessment tool, postural stability (lateral center of mass displacement), ankle power generation at push-off and quality of gait performance (Gait Profile Score). Results: All predictor variables were all strongly associated with the ability to run. However, only self-selected walking speed contributed significantly to the final result. Investigation of performance thresholds for self-selected walking speed indicated that following TBI, people who walk at speeds of 1.0 m/s or higher are 16.9 times more likely of being able to run than for those who walk at speeds of less than 1.0 m/s. Conclusions: Self-selected walking speeds higher than 1.0 m/s greatly increase the likelihood of running following brain injury. The 1.0 m/s threshold, although slower than able-bodied self-selected walking speeds, may be an important indicator of the ability to run in this population.
DOI: 10.1097/HTR.0b013e3182575f80
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ISSN: 0885-9701
Journal Title: Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation
Type: Journal Article
Affiliated Organisations: Centre for Health Exercise and Sports Medicine, School of Physiotherapy, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria, Australia
Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria, Australia
Type of Clinical Study or Trial: Cohort Study
Appears in Collections:Rehabilitation

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