Stability and harmony of gait in children with cerebral palsy

Marco Iosa, Tiziana Marro, Stefano Paolucci, Daniela Morelli

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The aim of this study was to quantitatively assess the stability and harmony of gait in children with cerebral palsy. Seventeen children with spastic hemiplegia due to cerebral palsy (5.0 ± 2.3 years old) who were able to walk autonomously and seventeen age-matched children with typical development (5.7 ± 2.5 years old, p= 0.391) performed a 10-m walking test with a wearable device fixed to their lower trunk and included a triaxial accelerometer and three gyroscopes.Three parameters related to gait stability and three related to gait harmony were computed; all of these yielded significant differences between children with cerebral palsy and those with typical development (pp0.020). Conversely, in children with cerebral palsy, the upper body accelerations were proportionally correlated with their gait speed (R=0.548, p=0.023 in the antero-posterior direction) but not with their age (p>0.05). This finding can be related both to difficulties in managing the higher upper body accelerations involved in rapid walking and to compensation strategies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-135
Number of pages7
JournalResearch in Developmental Disabilities
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2012


  • Accelerometry
  • Biomechanics
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Motor development
  • Upper body kinematics
  • Walking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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