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    We are about to begin construction on the main walkway in our motion
    laboratory, and wanted to post a request to the list regarding optimal force
    platform locations for children and adults. While we are building in the
    flexibility to move plates individually within a 4' x 10' pit, we would like
    to identify "primary locations" that will permit recording of individual
    foot strikes from the greatest percentage of our subjects.

    Advice from colleagues who have used multiple plate arrangements suggests
    that many laboratories move their plates frequently in the setup stage, but
    decide on a favored configuration, and then seldom move them again. If list
    members can share their experiences in this regard, it will greatly assist
    us in this design stage.

    We plan on using four 3 component force platforms, and our population will
    be 75% neuromuscular children, 15% adult rehab, and 10% adult athletes.

    Thanks in advance, and hope everyone has a joyous holiday season.


    James J. Carollo, Ph.D., P.E.
    Director, Center for Gait and Movement Analysis
    The Children's Hospital
    Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, B285
    1056 East 19th Avenue
    Denver, CO 80218
    voice: 303-764-8241, pager: 303-760-4665

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