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Vol. 40 No. 4, July/August 2003
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Abstract - Basic gait parameters: A comparison of reference data for normal subjects 20 to 29 years of age from Kuwait and Scandinavia

Saud Al-Obaidi, PhD; James C. Wall, PhD; Alia Al-Yaqoub, BS; Muneera Al-Ghanim, BS, PT
Department of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, Kuwait University, Kuwait; Department of Physical Therapy, University of South Alabama, AL, USA; Physical Therapy Department, Ministry of Social Affairs, Kuwait
Abstract — This study obtained measurements of the spatiotemporal gait parameters of healthy young adult Kuwaiti subjects from both genders and compared the data to those collected in a similar study performed in Sweden. Thirty healthy subjects volunteered to participate in the study (which included being asked to walk at their "free," "slow," and "fast" self-selected speeds). We collected the spatiotemporal gait data using an automated system. Descriptive statistics were calculated for each variable measured at each walking condition. The data were then compared to those from the Swedish study. The results indicate several significant differences between Kuwaiti and Swedish subjects in their manner of walking. These results suggest a need to include data from subjects with diverse cultural backgrounds when a database on normal gait is developed or a need to limit the results of the database to a specified ethnic population.
Key words: gait, interindividual differences, speed, step frequency, step length.

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