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Kieran Moran
08-23-2000, 08:34 PM
Dear all

A colleague, working in the area of biosensors, contacted me regarding
the use of biomechanics as an early indicator of an impending stroke
episode. He had heard that gait analysis (either 3D or foot-pressure
readings) had been used for this purpose. Since I had not heard of this
I did a search in PubMed and ScienceDirect but found no obvious articles
suggesting this.

Have any biomechanists working in the area come across the use of
functional analysis of any kind (such as Gait, emg, grip strength etc)
as an early warning of an impending stoke episode?

Similarly, have assessments of functionality of whole body movements
been used as an EARLY INDICATOR of impending diseases which affects the
neuromuscular system?

...For example, foot pressure measures have been used with individuals
with diabetes mellitus as an indicator of the severity of peripheral
neuropathy (diseased nerves) and peripheral vascular disease (results in
poor blood circulation).[e.g. A study of biomechanical parameters in
gait analysis and sensitive cronaxie of diabetic neuropathic patients,
Clinical Biomechanics, Volume 15, Issue 3, March 2000, Pages 196-202 I.
C. N. Sacco and A. C. Amadio].....

Any comments on this topic will be forwarded to the list in a summary

Many Thanks

Kieran


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Dr Kieran Moran
Biomechanics Research Group
Centre for Sport Science and Health
Dublin City University
Dublin 9
Ireland

tel: 00353 - 1 - 7008011
fax: 00353 - 1 - 7008888

e-mail: kieran.moran@dcu.ie

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