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levans40
12-31-2002, 12:05 PM
Please would you post the following:


Dear all
Happy New Year!
I am currently in my final year of a BSc sports and exercise science degree at South Bank University in London. For a piece of biomechanics coursework we are required to discuss gait deviations in adult cerebral palsy from that of a normal population. We are also required to discuss possible biomechanical intervention strategies aimed at improving functional gait within these individuals. The problem is that I am having trouble finding data on cerebral palsy in adults. I have read through Dr James Gage's book 'Gait Analysis in Cerebral Palsy' and have read many of the journal articles on cerebral palsy in children, yet I am unsure whether this source data is suitable for a discussion of cerebral palsy in adults.
Another option that I have followed has been to look into gait deviation with hemiplegia/paresis after cerebrovascular trauma/stroke. However, I am not sure whether I would be able to use this data either, as these patients learned to walk with a functional pyramidal system (allowing for the generation and storage of a template of 'normal/correct' gait) that is seen to be damaged in individuals with spastic cerebral palsy (resulting in the storage and retrieval of 'abnormal/incorrect' gait patterns).
Dr Chris Kirtley kindly suggested posting my query and so here I am. Any advice/direction regarding this topic would be much appreciated.

Best regards
Liz Evans

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