Gait analysis in cerebral palsied and nonhandicapped children

Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 1983 Jul;64(7):291-5.


The gait patterns of 39 nonhandicapped children and six children with cerebral palsy (CP) were evaluated using computerized high-speed cinematography. Variability of gait was measured during 10 nonconsecutive cycles for each subject. Gait in normal 9-year-old children was found to be similar to that observed in adults. Children with CP demonstrated greater intrasubject variations in individual gait components compared to their nonhandicapped peers. Stride length, gait velocity, and range of motion were related to the severity of physical handicap. Intraindividual variability was greater among subjects with CP classified as mildly spastic than in those considered to have only moderate neurologic impairment. This may signify that less handicapped children are capable of varying the components of their walking pattern to a larger extent than those more severely affected, but at the same time do not possess the same degree of automatic motor control as nonhandicapped children. Computerized gait analysis can be valuable in supplementing routine clinical gait analysis in CP.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Cerebral Palsy / physiopathology*
  • Child
  • Gait*
  • Humans
  • Motion Pictures
  • Movement
  • Posture
  • Time Factors