NIH Toolbox 4-Meter Walk Gait Speed Test and 2-Minute Walk Endurance Test Walking Course

The NIH Toolbox Four-Meter Walk Gait Speed Test and Two-Minute Walk Endurance Test each use walking courses.  The walking courses differ from each other but, if both measures are being administered, the courses can be laid out at the same time.

Equipment and materials needed:
  • Tape measure with both feet and meter measurements
  • Colored masking tape
  • Two cones
  • Chair
If administering the Two-minute Walk Endurance Test, you need an open space of at least 60 feet in length. 
Following the schematic diagram attached, at 5 feet from the start, put a piece of tape 2’ to 3’ long across the hallway. 
Put shorter pieces of tape at four 10-foot intervals from that piece of tape. 
At the fifth 10-foot interval, put another piece of tape 2’ to 3’ long across the hallway.
If administering the Four-Meter Walk Gait Speed Test, you can superimpose the course on the course above or make another course.
Following the schematic diagram attached, at 5 feet from the start, put a piece of tape 2’ to 3’ long across the hallway. 
Measure 4 meters from the piece of tape, and put another piece of tape 2’ to 3’ long across the hallway.
Lastly, measure 1 meter from that piece of tape and put another piece of tape 2’ to 3’ long across the hallway.
For the Two-minute Walk Endurance Test, the cones should be placed at the sides of the first long mark and the last long mark of that course.
For the Four-Meter Walk Gait Speed Test, the cones should be placed at the side of the first long mark and the last long mark of that course.
For both measures, a chair should be placed near the beginning of the course.

See attached diagrams for more information.

 

Attachments

NIH_Toolbox_4_Meter_Walk_Gait_Speed_Test__Walking_Course_Set_up_Diagram_.pdf NIH_Toolbox_4_Meter_Walk_Gait_Speed_Test__Walking_Course_Set_up_Diagram_.pdf
NIH_Toolbox_4-Meter_Walk_Gait_Speed_Test_and_2-Minute_Walk_Endurance_Test_Walking_Course.pdf NIH_Toolbox_4-Meter_Walk_Gait_Speed_Test_and_2-Minute_Walk_Endurance_Test_Walking_Course.pdf

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