Journal article

Sagittal gait patterns in cerebral palsy: The plantarflexor–knee extension couple index

M Sangeux, J Rodda, HK Graham

Gait and Posture | Elsevier | Published : 2015


The identification of gait patterns in cerebral palsy offers a common language for clinicians and contributes to management algorithms. We describe a quantitative classification of sagittal gait patterns based on the plantarflexor-knee extension couple index. This consists of a scatter plot based on ankle and knee scores, and allows objective identification of the sagittal gait pattern. Sagittal kinematic data from 200 limbs of 100 patients with bilateral spastic cerebral palsy were utilized to validate the algorithm against the assessment of a clinician with expertise in gait pattern identification. A dataset of 776 cerebral palsy patients, 1552 limbs, was used to compare the sagittal gait ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This work has only been possible with the support of the staff of the Hugh Williamson Gait Analysis Laboratory. Their assistance with data collection is gratefully acknowledged. This study was partly funded from a grant from the Clinical Science theme, the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute.