Functional testing has advantages for testing
more than one component of the motor system at
once and can indicate the effects of aging. Timed
stair tests provide a reliable, stable measure of function
to give medical and rehabilitation professionals
information about patient’s progress, comparison
to a healthy population, and further practical goals.
Because a timed stair test measures a greater range
of motion in the lower limb and has greater strength
demands and balance requirements, it may have additional
benefits for testing patients who are younger
or more functional despite their injury.
Volume 51 Number 3, 2014
Pages 335 — 350
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