Journal article

The nature and extent of upper limb associated reactions during walking in people with acquired brain injury

Michelle B Kahn, Ross A Clark, Gavin Williams, Kelly J Bower, Megan Banky, John Olver, Benjamin F Mentiplay

Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation | BMC | Published : 2019

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Upper limb associated reactions (ARs) are common in people with acquired brain injury (ABI). Despite this, there is no gold-standard outcome measure and no kinematic description of this movement disorder. The aim of this study was to determine the upper limb kinematic variables most frequently affected by ARs in people with ABI compared with a healthy cohort at matched walking speed intention. METHODS: A convenience sample of 36 healthy control adults (HCs) and 42 people with ABI who had upper limb ARs during walking were recruited and underwent assessment of their self-selected walking speed using the criterion-reference three dimensional motion analysis (3DMA) at Epworth Hospit..

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Grants

Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council R.D. Wright Biomedical Fellowship


Funding Acknowledgements

This research was supported by grants awarded to Michelle Kahn from the Royal Automobile Club of Victoria (RACV), Epworth Research Institute (ERI) and Physiotherapy Research Fund (PRF). The funds awarded from RACV and ERI were utilised as part of a larger scale research program investigating various outcome measures for gait, spasticity and associated reactions in people with acquired brain injury. Dr. Ross Clark is supported by a National Health and Medical Research Council R.D. Wright Biomedical Fellowship (Number: 1090415).