Introduction: In this study we explored walking activity in a large cohort of boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). Methods: Step activity (monitored for 7 days), functional ability, and strength were quantified in ambulatory boys (5-12.9 years of age) with DMD and unaffected boys. Ambulatory status was determined 2 years later. Results: Two to 5 days of activity monitoring predicted weekly step activity (adjusted R2 = 0.80-0.95). Age comparisons revealed significant declines for step activity with increasing age, and relationships were found between step activity with both function and strength (P <.01). Our regression model predicted 36.5% of the variance in step activity. Those who were still ambulatory after 2 years demonstrated baseline step activity nearly double that of those who were no longer walking 2 years later (P <.01). Discussion: Step activity for DMD is related to and predictive of functional declines, which may be useful for clinical trials.
- accelerometry, daily steps, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, functional ability, physical activity, walking
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Neurology
- Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
- Physiology (medical)