Reliability of the timed 10-metre walk test during inpatient rehabilitation in ambulatory adults with traumatic brain injury

Mark A. Hirsch, Kathryn Williams, H. James Norton, Flora Hammond

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Objective: To determine the test-re-test reliability of the timed 10-metre walk test (10MWT) among adults with traumatic brain injury (TBI) enrolled in inpatient rehabilitation. Design: Prospective reliability study using a correlational design. Setting: Inpatient rehabilitation unit of a rehabilitation hospital. Participants: Twenty-three consecutive adults with acute TBI, mean age = 35.87, SD = 14.2 years (range = 18-64 years). This study tested 22 males and one female, who were 15.6 (SD = 9.1) days in inpatient rehabilitation at time of gait testing. Method: Repeated, timed 10-metre gait test within a 1-hour testing period with six trials at self-selected pace (SSP) and six trials at fastest pace (FP), recorded to the nearest 1/10 second with a hand-held stopwatch. Result: Gait speed measurements for SSP and FP were shown to have excellent test-re-test reliability (Intra Class Correlation coefficient = 0.964 and 0.961, respectively). Conclusions: These results add to the literature that the timed 10MWT is a reliable measure of gait velocity in adults with acute TBI for both FP and SSP.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1115-1120
Number of pages6
JournalBrain Injury
Issue number8
StatePublished - 2014



  • Gait
  • Inpatient rehabilitation
  • Reliability
  • Timed 10-metre walk test
  • Traumatic brain injury

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Medicine(all)

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