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Defining gastrocnemius length in ambulant children

Eames, NWA, Baker, RJ and Cosgrove, AP 1997, 'Defining gastrocnemius length in ambulant children' , Gait and Posture, 6 (1) , pp. 9-17.

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Abstract

This paper describes a system to calculate gastrocnemius muscle length from three dimensional kinematic gait data and anthropometric measurements of children taken from MRI scans. As well as describing the simple model that may be applied to existing gait data, the anthropometric data for 15 able-bodied children is presented. The model is then used to describe gastrocnemius muscle lengths and the effect of different pathologies on muscle lengths by looking at cohorts of able-bodied children, children with a hemiplagic or diplegic pattern of cerebral palsy, a child undergoing tendo Achilles lengthening and a child with burns to his lower limbs. The results show the importance of using muscle lengths as part of a clinical assessment and the need to take the effects of skeletal growth into account when developing models for use in a paediatric population.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Health and Wellbeing
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care
Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Health Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: Gait and Posture
Publisher: Elsevier
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0966-6362
Depositing User: RH Shuttleworth
Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2011 11:16
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:00
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/16597

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