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Title: Gait asymmetry assessment for older adults by measuring circular gait speed
Authors: Ichihashi, Noriaki
Ikezoe, Tome
Sato, Syunsuke
Ibuki, Satoko
Author's alias: 市橋, 則明
池添, 冬芽
Keywords: circular gait
gait assessment
older adults
side-to-side asymmetry
Issue Date: Aug-2019
Publisher: Wiley
Journal title: Geriatrics and Gerontology International
Volume: 19
Issue: 8
Start page: 736
End page: 739
Abstract: [Aim]The aim of the present study was to evaluate the effectiveness of the circular gait test as a method for detecting side‐to‐side straight‐line gait asymmetry in older adults. [Methods] A total of 25 healthy older adults and 20 healthy young adults participated in this study. Walking speeds, right‐ and left‐leg step lengths, and stance durations were measured during straight‐line walking using a triaxial accelerometer (G‐walk from Bertec Japan). Step length and stance duration laterality were calculated using the side‐to‐side difference (|Left – Right|) and asymmetry index (|Left − Right|
mean right and left values × 100). For circular gait, the time required to walk twice around a 1‐m diameter circle for right and left rotations was measured, and the laterality was calculated using the same formula as that described for the straight‐line gait. [Results] The results showed no differences in straight‐line step length or stance duration laterality between groups. However, circular gait asymmetry was significantly higher for older participants. A significant correlation was confirmed between circular gait time and straight‐line step length for older adults (r = 0.404). [Conclusions] The present study suggested that the circular gait test had better potential to detect age‐related changes in gait laterality than straight‐line gait step length or stance duration, and it might work as a simple assessment method for detecting laterality in straight‐line walking.
Rights: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: [Noriaki Ichihashi, Tome Ikezoe, Syunsuke Sato, Satoko Ibuki. Gait asymmetry assessment for older adults by measuring circular gait speed. 'Geriatrics and Gerontology International' 19(8), 736-739], which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.
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DOI(Published Version): 10.1111/ggi.13691
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