Date of Award
Physical Therapy (M.S.)
The purpose of this research was to initiate a normative pediatric three-dimensional lower extremity kinetic database specific to the Mary Free Bed Hospital/Grand Valley State University Center for Human Kinetic Studies. Twenty healthy children (eleven girls and nine boys) with a mean age of 7.9 years volunteered for this study. Lower extremity kinetic data were obtained using a computerized three-dimensional motion analysis system coupled with a force plate. Kinematic and kinetic data were pooled and mean/standard deviations at each one percent of the gait cycle were determined for the twenty normative children. Results of the pediatric kinetic data were similar to previously published literature. This data will assist clinicians in their efforts to enhance conservative and surgical treatment decisions for those affected by abnormal gait patterns.
Ellexson, Thomas; Nawrocki, Christopher; and Schober, Darrin, "Normal Kinetic Patterns of the Lower Extremities During Natural Walking in Children Aged Six to Ten" (1995). Masters Theses. 236.