Cerebral Palsy

Multi-joint gait clustering for children and youth with diplegic cerebral palsy

Kuntze G, Nettel-Aguirre A, Ursulak G, Robu I, Bowal N, Goldstein S, Emery CA

PLoS One October 2018


Who participated in this study?

37 male and female children and youth with spastic diplegic cerebral palsy

When did this study occur?

2007-2015

Why did we do this research?

To assess the implementation of k-means clustering to determine clusters of participants with cerebral palsy based on multi-joint gait kinematics.

What did we find?

Four cluster groups provided the largest possible data separation based on higher cluster repeatability and comparatively greater cluster quality

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Examining the relationship between biomechanics and GMFCS level in children with cerebral palsy

Bowal N, Kuntze G, Emery CA, Ronsky J

JURA July 2017


Who participated in this study?

24 children with hemiplegic or diplegic cerebral palsy.

When did this study occur?

Published July 2017

Why did we do this research?

To determine the relationship between GMFCS levels and subject-specific gait biomechanics in children with cerebral palsy

What did we find?

GMFCS Level 1 participants showed significantly greater hip abduction and hip internal rotation movements between 17-26% and 18-21% respectively. They also walked significantly fasted than GMFCS Level 2 participants. There were no significant differences observed for knee and ankle kinetics.

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