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Measuring Balance and Walking in Adults with Cerebral Palsy

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Description

The goal of this study is to assess balance responses and walking in adults with CP. We will measure various aspects of walking related balance including stepping responses to small losses of balance during walking.


Keywords:

Neurological Disorders


Category:

Behavioral

Qualifications

 


Age
18 - 55 years


Gender
Any


Study Population

Adults with cerebral palsy and adults that are non-disabled age 18-55, that use walking in everyday life without assistive devices or walk with canes or crutches to help with balance.


Investigator

Ilana Levin
Post-Doc Trainee
Allied Health Sciences

For questions, contact:

Ilana Levin
ilevin@med.unc.edu



Recruitment Period End

February 15, 2019

Location

Primary Location
Interdisciplinary Human Movement Science Lab (UNC, Chapel-Hill)
Chapel Hill, NC 27514, USA

Study Qualifications

Gender Any

Age Range 18 - 55 years

Participant qualification(s) Adults with CP: diagnosed with spastic cerebral palsy, use walking in everyday life, and able to walk 10 minutes on a level floor with, or without, canes or crutches. Non-disabled adults: use walking in everyday life, and able to walk 10 minutes on a level floor without an assistive device.

Not eligible if: Persistent leg and/or back pain in the last three months that affects walking; uncorrected vision and /or hearing; heart, breathing or metabolic diseases that significantly limit physical activity levels; uncontrolled seizures; second or third trimester pregnancy; or inability to understand simple directions.

Number of Visits

    » 3 In person visit(s)

    Adults with CP: 3 lab-based sessions, over-ground short walking and balance tests and walking on a treadmill (secured in a harness). Non-disabled adults: 2 lab-based sessions, over-ground and treadmill walking.

    » 1 Remote visit(s)

    Screening questions will be asked over the phone or in an email

Participation Period

4 weeks

Compensation

Adtuls with CP $225 per session cash; non-diasabled adults $70 cash

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