Fisioterapia em Movimento
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AVILA, Daniele Cristina do Carmo de; BOM, Fernanda Souza Pedro; JUSCHAKS, Luciano Magno and RIBAS, Danieli Isabel Romanovitch. Gait value in land environments in the individuals with Down syndrome. Fisioter. mov. [online]. 2011, vol.24, n.4, pp. 737-743. ISSN 0103-5150. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0103-51502011000400019.
INTRODUCTION: Patients with Down syndrome (DS) present a delayed acquisition of fundamental Movement patterns, showing as a basic characteristic a difficulty to form and select motor programs. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to determine the variables of linear motion on the ground of patients with DS and to compare them with values of healthy individuals obtained in the literature. METHODS: It is a cross-sectional study with 12 subjects (both gender, 18 years ± 2.8) submitted to an evaluation of variables of linear motion on the ground, through the printing of the footsteps on a brown paper footbridge with 15 meters long and 0.6 in width. RESULTS: The analyzed group showed a step size of 41.62 ± 8.39, stride length 83.24 ± 16.78, motion velocity of 0.60 meters per second ± 0.15 and a rate of 89.35 ± 14,33 steps per minute. CONCLUSION: The values obtained for the linear variables (step and stride size, cadence and motion speed) in this study indicate differences with the values found in the literature for healthy individuals, the found values are lower than the reported in the literature.
Keywords : Down syndrome; Gait; Linear variables; Evaluation.