What is it about?
This study assesses how much energy adolescent girls expended when walking on a treadmill compared to overground at step rates representative of slow, moderate and fast walking speeds. The study provides an insight into the differences in step rate/ speed and energy expenditure between treadmill and overground walking with regard to establishing step based recommendations in a youth population.
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Why is it important?
There are a number of advantages in utilizing a treadmill to assess walking such as it is not limited by space, speed and environmental conditions. However, there is an assumption that treadmill walking is equivalent in energy cost to overground walking. It is therefore important to assess if walking on a treadmill is equivalent to walking overground to inform future research protocols investigating the quality of walking required for health.
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This page is a summary of: Real World, Real People: Can We Assess Walking on a Treadmill to Establish Step Count Recommendations in Adolescents?, Pediatric Exercise Science, May 2019, Human Kinetics,
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