A basic walk metric with wide applications.
Walking speed is often used clinically as an overall measure of walking capacity and preparedness for safe community mobility. Changes in walking speed reflect a compensation for impaired control, so slowing of gait is a proxy for challenges to control of gait.
Normative Values of Walking Speed for Healthy Community-Dwelling Men and Women
Bohannon RW, Williams Andrews A. Normal walking speed: a descriptive meta-analysis. Physiotherapy 2011;97(3):182-189.
Validation of Plantiga's Walking Speed Measure
Accuracy of (running) speed prediction with smart insoles. Lawson et al. CSB 2020 (abstract)
Walking Speed Research
Walking speed as an indicator of well-being and life expectancy in older adults - Walking speed has been shown to be associated with survival among older adults in individual epidemiological cohort studies and has been shown to reflect health and functional status.
Walking speed and concussion rehabilitation - Gait speed has been shown to be reduced in young adults with mTBI compared with age- and gender-matched controls. In addition, gait speed is shown to improve at discharge from vestibular rehabilitation compared with at the initial evaluation in children and adults with mTBI.
➡️ Vestibular Dysfunction Associated With Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) (Alkathiry et al, 2019)