Recruiting participants for the Cerebral Palsy Cohort Study

Interested in a 3D video of you and your siblings or friends walking? Learn how technology in the gait lab is used to make video games and movies.

A series of sensors track Sarah Cauley’s movements in the Gait Lab. University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Who
  • Youth with Cerebral Palsy Aged 8 – 18 years
  • Able to walk with or without assistive devices
What – 2 visits scheduled, at least 1 week apart
Visit 1.  4 hours in The Movement Assessment Centre
  • Balance tests with motion analysis
  • 6 minute walk test with electromyography and gait analysis
  • Questionnaires about fatigue, pain, quality of life, mobility, sleep, and health care use
  • Strength measurements of both legs
  • Spasticity measurements of both ankles and knees
  • Fit with an activity monitor to wear for 1 week
Visit 2.  30 minutes at The University of Calgary
  • Return activity monitor
  • DXA scan for body composition
Siblings or friends between the ages of 8-18 years welcome as healthy control participants and can be tested together.
For more information email  cpstudy@ucalgary.ca or phone Leticia Janzen at  403-955-5736
Dr. Carolyn Emery, Primary Investigator. Co-Investigators: Dr. Laura Brunton, Dr. Adam Kirton, Dr. Lee Burkholder, Dr. Elizabeth Condliffe.
This study has been approved by the University of Calgary Conjoint Faculties Research Ethics Board. Ethics ID: REB15-3126

The biomechanics of human movement has attracted interest from the earliest days of science and medicine. Movement analysis started with clinical observation of patterns of movement. This progressed to video recording allowing movement to be viewed repeatedly and in slow motion. Today, technology allows 3D motion capture where movement can be studied in greater detail and allows objective measures to be made. Movement analysis has many applications including sports science, medical research and the clinical management of patients with gait disorders. Clinical Movement Analysis Society of UK and Ireland CMAS

Also see
Why one family has participated in more than a dozen research studies in UCalgary News
First steps in Alberta-Ontario study on cerebral palsy therapy in CBC News Edmonton

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