Gait Observation Assessment
Gait Speed Assessment
Checking out a patient
4M Gait Instruction Video
Remember to check that the:
* SportGait course is clear of obstacles or barriers in the path.
* Blue SportGait Cone placed at the END mark.
* SportGait Sensors placed appropriately on the patient, turned on, lit emblem facing up.
* Sensors are online and connected to the Surface hotspot.
You will begin with a practice trial. Show the walking course and say:
“This activity involves walking from one place to another. This is our walking course (point to the course). I want you to walk to the other end of the course at your usual speed, just as if you were walking down the street to go to the store.“
Explain the walk by saying:
“Let me show you what I want you to do. Put both your feet together behind this line. Walk all the way past the blue cone on the other end before you stop.”
You will then place both of your feet directly behind the ‘START’ line. You should be as close as possible to the ‘START’ line without touching it.
Before you begin demonstrating the walk, say:
“3, 2, 1, Go!”
After returning, have participant stand with both feet directly behind the start line and say:
“When I want you to start, I will say: ‘3, 2, 1, Go.’ Do you have any questions?”
Answer any questions that the patient may have. Then say:
“Now you try. Remember to walk at your usual speed and keep walking until you pass the cone. Ready? 3, 2, 1, Go!”
When the participant passes the cone, say:
“That’s good. Do you have any questions?”
Answer any questions that the patient may have.
Press NEXT at the bottom of the page.
If possible, stand near the END mark to get a clear visual of the participant as he/she walks across the floor tape, so long as you are not in the way of the course. You will then say:
“This time, I am going to time you as you walk at your usual speed. Are you ready? 3, 2, 1, Go!”
Begin timing (press the START button) when you say “Go!“. Keep your finger over the START button so you can press it again to stop the timer without delay.
Stop timing when the participant crosses the very front of the 4M line – not the line marked END.
PLEASE NOTE: The reason the patient walks to the end is so that they will not slow down when approaching the 4M mark. This is a timed test and very sensitive, so it is imperative that they do not slow down until after you’ve stopped the timer.
If the participant stumbles, tries to run, or you are late to press STOP, reset the timer and ask the participant to do another trial. You will need to repeat the instructions for Trial 1.
You will say:
“Now I want you to repeat the walk. Remember to walk at your usual pace, and go all the way past the other end of the course. I am going to time you as you walk at your usual speed. Are you ready? 3, 2, 1, Go!“
Then, repeat the process listed in Trial 1.
If needed, have the participant rest on a chair for at least one minute before the next task.
Trial 1 page: