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posted on 12.05.2022, 12:34 authored by Rory O'Sullivan, Helen FrenchHelen French, Sam Van Rossom, Ilse Jonkers, Frances HorganFrances Horgan

Purpose: The aim of this study was to examine the relationship between gait analysis measures associated with crouch gait, functional health status and daily activity in ambulant cerebral palsy (CP).

Methods: Three-dimensional gait analysis was carried out on 35 ambulant participants with bilateral CP crouch gait (knee flexion at mid-stance (KFMS) ⩾ 190). KFMS, knee-flexion at initial contact, gait speed and step-lengths were extracted for analysis. Steps/day and sedentary time/day were assessed using an ActivPAL accelerometer. Functional health status was assessed using the five relevant domains of the Pediatric Outcomes Data Collection Instrument (PODCI) questionnaire. Associations between variables were assessed with correlation coefficients and multivariable linear regression.

Results: There were no significant correlations between KFMS and PODCI domains (ρ=-0.008-0.110) or daily activity (ρ=-0.297-0.237) variables. In contrast, multivariable analysis found that step-length was independently associated with the Sports and Physical Function (p= 0.030), Transfers and Basic Mobility (p= 0.041) and Global Function (< 0.001) domains of the PODCI assessment. Gait speed was independently associated with mean steps/day (p< 0.001).

Conclusions: Step length and gait speed are more strongly associated with functional health status and daily activity than knee flexion during stance in children and adolescents with CP crouch gait.

Funding

Health Research Board of Ireland [HPF-2014-650]

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Published Citation

O'Sullivan R, French HP, Van Rossom S, Jonkers I, Horgan F. The association between gait analysis measures associated with crouch gait, functional health status and daily activity levels in cerebral palsy. J Pediatr Rehabil Med. 2021;14(2):227-235

Publication Date

25 June 2021

PubMed ID

33896854

Department/Unit

  • School of Physiotherapy

Research Area

  • Population Health and Health Services

Publisher

IOS Press

Version

  • Accepted Version (Postprint)