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Mobility

 

Key projects

Mobility in rehabilitation is highlighted through collaborative research across the discipline including:

  • using our Vicon 3D motion analysis system and GAITRite walkway within the 4th Generation Clinics at the Repatriation General Hospital;
  • monitoring community activity using step monitors and GPS;
  • assessing the accuracy of the FitBit in clinical populations; and
  • interventions targeting improving mobility in children with cerebral palsy.

Mobility rehabilitation research is usually in conjunction with our driving and neurological conditions themes.

Many of our mobility projects are conducted by students in the Masters of Clinical Rehabilitation program, and by Research Higher Degree students.

Key publications

Orthotic and therapeutic effect of functional electrical stimulation on fatigue induced gait patterns in people with multiple sclerosis
Barr, C, Patritti, B, Bowes, R, Crotty, M and McLoughlin, J.V. (2016). Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 15(52) pp. 1-13.

Accuracy of the FitBit at walking speeds and cadences relevant to clinical rehabilitation populations
Singh, A, Farmer, C, van den Berg, M, Killington, M and Barr, C. (2016). Disability and Health Journal, 9(1) pp. 320-323.

Over ground walking and body weight supported walking improve mobility equally in cerebral palsy: A randomised controlled trial
Swe, N, Sendhilnnathan, S, van den Berg, M and Barr, C. (2015). Clinical Rehabilitation, 29(11) pp. 1108-1116.