Spatiotemporal and kinematic aspects of obstacle avoidance in subjects with Down syndrome

Sara Laura Vimercati, Manuela Galli, Chiara Rigoldi, Andrea Ancillao, Giorgio Albertini

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

4 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Obstacle avoidance studies have been extensively performed in normally developed subjects (N), but little work has been done on the characterization of this task in subjects with Down syndrome (DS). The aim of this study was to describe the management of walking with obstacle avoidance in adults with DS and in agematched N subjects, considering both the lower and upper limbs. Ten subjects with DS and 16 N subjects were evaluated. The subjects walked along a walkway in two conditions: level, unobstructed walking and walking with an obstacle. The tasks were acquired using three-dimensional quantitative movement analysis. Spatiotemporal and kinematic parameters for the trunk, upper limbs and lower limbs were analyzed. The results demonstrated that the presence of a destabilizing element, the obstacle, enhanced different motor strategies in DS compared with N subjects, as shown by the parameters of the lower limbs, with a stabilization and safety strategy adopted at the upper limbs in DS.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)231-237
Number of pages7
JournalFunctional Neurology
Volume27
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2012

Fingerprint

Down Syndrome
Biomechanical Phenomena
Walking
Lower Extremity
Upper Extremity
Safety

Keywords

  • Down syndrome
  • Motion analysis
  • Motor strategy
  • Obstacle avoidance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neuroscience(all)

Cite this

Vimercati, S. L., Galli, M., Rigoldi, C., Ancillao, A., & Albertini, G. (2012). Spatiotemporal and kinematic aspects of obstacle avoidance in subjects with Down syndrome. Functional Neurology, 27(4), 231-237.

Spatiotemporal and kinematic aspects of obstacle avoidance in subjects with Down syndrome. / Vimercati, Sara Laura; Galli, Manuela; Rigoldi, Chiara; Ancillao, Andrea; Albertini, Giorgio.

In: Functional Neurology, Vol. 27, No. 4, 10.2012, p. 231-237.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Vimercati, SL, Galli, M, Rigoldi, C, Ancillao, A & Albertini, G 2012, 'Spatiotemporal and kinematic aspects of obstacle avoidance in subjects with Down syndrome', Functional Neurology, vol. 27, no. 4, pp. 231-237.
Vimercati, Sara Laura ; Galli, Manuela ; Rigoldi, Chiara ; Ancillao, Andrea ; Albertini, Giorgio. / Spatiotemporal and kinematic aspects of obstacle avoidance in subjects with Down syndrome. In: Functional Neurology. 2012 ; Vol. 27, No. 4. pp. 231-237.
@article{cafcd11bfb894ef982451e2060aac94b,
title = "Spatiotemporal and kinematic aspects of obstacle avoidance in subjects with Down syndrome",
abstract = "Obstacle avoidance studies have been extensively performed in normally developed subjects (N), but little work has been done on the characterization of this task in subjects with Down syndrome (DS). The aim of this study was to describe the management of walking with obstacle avoidance in adults with DS and in agematched N subjects, considering both the lower and upper limbs. Ten subjects with DS and 16 N subjects were evaluated. The subjects walked along a walkway in two conditions: level, unobstructed walking and walking with an obstacle. The tasks were acquired using three-dimensional quantitative movement analysis. Spatiotemporal and kinematic parameters for the trunk, upper limbs and lower limbs were analyzed. The results demonstrated that the presence of a destabilizing element, the obstacle, enhanced different motor strategies in DS compared with N subjects, as shown by the parameters of the lower limbs, with a stabilization and safety strategy adopted at the upper limbs in DS.",
keywords = "Down syndrome, Motion analysis, Motor strategy, Obstacle avoidance",
author = "Vimercati, {Sara Laura} and Manuela Galli and Chiara Rigoldi and Andrea Ancillao and Giorgio Albertini",
year = "2012",
month = "10",
language = "English",
volume = "27",
pages = "231--237",
journal = "Functional Neurology",
issn = "0393-5264",
publisher = "CIC Edizioni Internazionali s.r.l.",
number = "4",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Spatiotemporal and kinematic aspects of obstacle avoidance in subjects with Down syndrome

AU - Vimercati, Sara Laura

AU - Galli, Manuela

AU - Rigoldi, Chiara

AU - Ancillao, Andrea

AU - Albertini, Giorgio

PY - 2012/10

Y1 - 2012/10

N2 - Obstacle avoidance studies have been extensively performed in normally developed subjects (N), but little work has been done on the characterization of this task in subjects with Down syndrome (DS). The aim of this study was to describe the management of walking with obstacle avoidance in adults with DS and in agematched N subjects, considering both the lower and upper limbs. Ten subjects with DS and 16 N subjects were evaluated. The subjects walked along a walkway in two conditions: level, unobstructed walking and walking with an obstacle. The tasks were acquired using three-dimensional quantitative movement analysis. Spatiotemporal and kinematic parameters for the trunk, upper limbs and lower limbs were analyzed. The results demonstrated that the presence of a destabilizing element, the obstacle, enhanced different motor strategies in DS compared with N subjects, as shown by the parameters of the lower limbs, with a stabilization and safety strategy adopted at the upper limbs in DS.

AB - Obstacle avoidance studies have been extensively performed in normally developed subjects (N), but little work has been done on the characterization of this task in subjects with Down syndrome (DS). The aim of this study was to describe the management of walking with obstacle avoidance in adults with DS and in agematched N subjects, considering both the lower and upper limbs. Ten subjects with DS and 16 N subjects were evaluated. The subjects walked along a walkway in two conditions: level, unobstructed walking and walking with an obstacle. The tasks were acquired using three-dimensional quantitative movement analysis. Spatiotemporal and kinematic parameters for the trunk, upper limbs and lower limbs were analyzed. The results demonstrated that the presence of a destabilizing element, the obstacle, enhanced different motor strategies in DS compared with N subjects, as shown by the parameters of the lower limbs, with a stabilization and safety strategy adopted at the upper limbs in DS.

KW - Down syndrome

KW - Motion analysis

KW - Motor strategy

KW - Obstacle avoidance

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84876453689&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=84876453689&partnerID=8YFLogxK

M3 - Article

C2 - 23597437

AN - SCOPUS:84876453689

VL - 27

SP - 231

EP - 237

JO - Functional Neurology

JF - Functional Neurology

SN - 0393-5264

IS - 4

ER -