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Gaspar Morey
07-24-2003, 06:53 PM
Dear list,

I'm posting this on behalf of a friend of mine, please reply directly to
the address indicated below:

mailto: pi@tiscali.de

Thank you

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Motor quality assessment in newborn infants

Hello !

Assessment of the quality of movement in newborn infants at risk has
shown
to be a very useful tool in neonatal medicine (e.g. general movement
assessment
according to Prechtl et al.). As a rule a fluent, highly variable,
smooth,
esthetic, writhing movement pattern usually indicates a normal brain
development.

It would be tempting to investigate these infant using the biomechanical
tools.

Therefore, my questions:

1) Has someone experience assessing the movement of neonates or
even preterm
infants using modern biomechanical tools ?
2) Has someone tried to define a fluent, highly variable, smooth,
esthetic,
writhing movement pattern ? Which parameter should be measured to
quantify
the beauty of a movement ?

Would be very interested to know, whether anyone has dealt with similar
problems.

Frank Pillekamp MD
Pediatrician
University of Cologne
Germany

pi@tiscali.de

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