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RMJ. 2019; 44(1): 162-164


Changes in gait parameters during multi-tasking in healthy young individuals using GAITRite system

Fatima Khan, Waqar Afzal, Ashfaq Ahmed, Mamoona Fatima.




Abstract

Objective: To determine changes in gait pattern during multi-tasking in healthy young individuals using GAITRite system.
Methodology: In this comparative cross-sectional study, three tasks were performed by 30 subjects on GAITRite system. The first was a single task of strolling in order to approach a fixed mark, second was dual task typing a message while strolling in order to approach a fixed mark and third was a triple task of typing a message and answering a question asked by investigator while walking toward a fixed target.
Results: The gait parameters as velocity, cadence, stride length and step length decreased in triple task. Velocity and cadence recorded in single task, dual task and triple task was 108.28±15.16 cm/s, 88.33±19.61 cm/s, 92.02±19.50 cm/s and 102.85±9.95, 92.23±13.98, 93.29±13.70, respectively. The mean stride length and step length recorded in single task, dual task and triple task was 126.88±10.15 cm, 114.14±14.30 cm, 116.14±20.49 cm and 63.15±4.78 cm, 57.12±7.30 cm, 58.89±7.71 cm, respectively. The mean double support recorded in single task, dual task and triple task was 22.59±4.82, 26.15±4.40, 25.19±5.06, respectively. Significant difference was found between single, double and triple task (p

Key words: Gait, Multitasking, Dual task, GAITRite System.






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