Reliability of an Instrumented Pressure Walkway for Measuring Walking and Running Characteristics in Young, Athletic Individuals

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Reliability of an Instrumented Pressure Walkway for Measuring Walking and Running Characteristics in Young, Athletic Individuals

Jorgensen A, McManigal M, Post A, et al.

 

ABSTRACT

Background: Spatiotemporal parameters of gait are useful for identifying pathological gait patterns and presence of impairments. Reliability of the pressure-sensitive ZenoTM Walkway has not been established in young, active individuals without impairments, and no studies to this point have included running.

Purpose: The purposes of this study were to 1) determine if up to two additional trials of walking and running on the ZenoTM Walkway are needed to produce consistent measurements of spatiotemporal variables, and 2) establish test-retest reliability and minimal detectable change (MDC) values for common spatiotemporal variables measured during walking and running.

Study Design: Cross-Sectional Laboratory Study

Methods: Individuals (n=38) in this cross-sectional study walked and ran at self-selected comfortable speed on a pressure-sensitive ZenoTM Walkway. Twenty-one participants returned for follow-up testing between one and 14 days later. Intraclass correlation coefficients (ICCs) were used to assess reliability of spatiotemporal variable means using three, four, or five passes over the ZenoTM Walkway and to assess test-retest reliability of spatiotemporal variables across sessions.

Results: All variables showed excellent reliability (ICC > 0.995) for walking and running when measured using three, four, or five passes. Additionally, all variables demonstrated moderate to excellent test-retest reliability during walking (ICC: 0.732-0.982) and running (ICC: 0.679-0.985).

Conclusion: This study establishes a reliable measurement protocol of three one-way passes when using the ZenoTM Walkway for walking or running analysis. This is the first study to establish reliability of the ZenoTM Walkway during running and in young, active individuals without neuromusculoskeletal pathology.

Level of Evidence: 3b

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