Portable Gait Analysis System (CIR System Inc. GAITRite System)
Manufacturer: CIR Systems, Inc.
Model: GAITRite System
The GAITRite measures how a person walks. It measures gait patterns for both time (temporal) and space (spatial) through pressure sensors in the mat. The software changes the information into foot placement patterns and overall gait patterns.
Research participants can be assessed with or without shoes and using walking aids such as crutches, walkers, or canes. One example: we create a simulated crosswalk scenario and ask participants to carry different loads (a full grocery bag or an open umbrella) to measure changes in gait and balance patterns.
We use the GAITRite:
- to provide valid and reliable walking measurements such as footfall patterns, step length, cadence, and speed.
- to measure changes in walking or gait patterns through replication of real life scenarios.