Gait Test

15 Seconds Treadmill Walk

The test provides a measure for global response of musculoskeletal systems of the lower limbs as well as information regarding functional capacity and agility. Results entail the distance walked, the walking velocity and functional gait parameters.


The 15 Seconds Treadmill Walk test is a sub-maximal walk test over a period of 15 seconds. It involves an individual walking on a treadmill. The speed and inclination can be adjusted to adhere to different test purposes. For step test at different speeds or inclinations, the test can be repeated. Gait characteristics are assessed for the entire period. The goal is to perform a normal walking, similar to real life conditions.

Test Preparation

Start the treadmill and adjust a constant speed and inclination

Wear comfortable clothing and shoes

Use usual walking aids if applicable (cane, walker, crutches, etc.)


Pain in the lower limbs

Unable to walk without stumbling



Applicable Area

Test Procedure


  • Make sure treadmill is ready to start
  • Stand next to the treadmill


Treadmill Initiation

Start the treadmill and walk steady


  • Continue walking on START
  • Walk at your normal speed without stumbling
  • Do not run


Walk Period
  • Keep walking for 15 seconds
  • Do not talk and focus on walking


  • Listen to the countdown while keeping walking
  • Continue walking on STOP
  • The test is completed
  • Stop the treadmill


Optional Input
  • Enter self-reported outcomes
  • Enter notes
  • Assign labels

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