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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 108.2815.16 cm/s, 88.3319.61 cm/s, 92.0219.50 cm/s and 102.859.95, 92.2313.98, 93.2913.70, respectively. The mean stride length and step length recorded in single task, dual task and triple task was 126.8810.15 cm, 114.1414.30 cm, 116.1420.49 cm and 63.154.78 cm, 57.127.30 cm, 58.897.71 cm, respectively. The mean double support recorded in single task, dual task and triple task was 22.594.82, 26.154.40, 25.195.06, respectively. Significant difference was found between single, double and triple task (p

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



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