RESULTS: C(w) was significantly and inversely associated with gait speed (r = -.25) and stride length (r = -.32) and positively associated with double limb support (r = .27). C(w) was significantly and inversely associated with daily accelerometer activity counts (r = -.35) and positively associated with FSS scores (ρ = .31).
CONCLUSION: The results support the development and application of rehabilitation strategies to address impaired gait parameters as an approach to improve C(w), daily activities, and fatigue.
“This study indicates that there were higher costs of energy in walking if you swing your legs less and have a smaller stride and is less if there is limb support and you are less fatigued. The r value (-1 or 1 is strong and 0 is nothing) is quite weak indicating that the correlations were not that strong. Does your physiotherapist assess your gait using a device such as GAITRite? They are not widely available in the UK.”