BODY SENSORS USED IN STUDIES FOR SPACEFLIGHT AT NASA'S AMENS RESEARCH CENTER IN CALIFORNIA ARE NOW BEING PUT TO GOOD USE AT THE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL, STANFORD UNIVERSITY.
Space Sensors help Children with Cerebral Palsy
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We have the beginnings of a gait analysis laboratory, which we are going to study children with cerebral palsy, the way they walk, and the way their muscles act during walking, We will want to know which muscles are acting during stance, and that's when the child's foot is on the ground. And we want to know which muscles are working during swing, that's when the child's foot is in the air.
Before, the children were directly cabled into the machinery. In other words, a wire went from the surface electrodes right over across the floor, and into the machinery itself. And I think this fear, this creates a great deal of fear within a child, because he's connected to a machine. Also, children with cerebral palsy have great balance problems, and having the wires trailing along behind, adding that excess weight, also created many, many problems with their balance. So, I don't feel that I wa getting a true reading from their muscles, and with a typical gait for them.
These are muscles that I was testing on Marty. And, this is his footprint sequence, such as stance and swing. I compare all these muscle potentials to this timing device.
We think the equipment, the testing itself and the equipment helps the youngsters by teaching them more about their body, not just giving us data that we can put in an article to classify under research. It teaches them more which muscles are acting, as he's walking, and which muscles are quiet as he's walking. And, he can try and more control this, to make his walk more like a normal person's walk would be.
In fact, we hope to have this equipment so simplified that many therapists, untrained therapists, can use this equipment out in the, say, crippled children's schools all over the state of California, or all over the United States That's so that the children don't have to be sent into a medical center. They don't have to leave their parents, or make a long journey into a centralized location for this kind of testing.
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Background: BODY SENSORS USED IN STUDIES FOR SPACEFLIGHT AT NASA'S AMENS RESEARCH CENTER IN CALIFORNIA ARE NOW BEING PUT TO GOOD USE AT THE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL, STANFORD UNIVERSITY. THE PURPOSE...TO BETTER UNDERSTAND AND ACQUIRE MORE PRECISE MEASUREMENTS OF THE WALKING PATTERNS OF YOUNGSTERS WITH CEREBRAL PALSY.
FRAN FORD IS AN ORTHOPEDIC RESEARCH ASSOCIATE AT THE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL. THE YOUNG MAN SHE IS WORKING WITH IS THREE-AND-ONE-HALF-YEAR-OLD MARTY MELLEREA (LIKE MULL AIR). MISS FORD ASKED NASA ENGINEERS FOR HELP AFTER EXPERIENCING PROBLEMS WITH THE TEST EQUIPMENT SHE HAD BEEN USING.
TINY IMPULSES FROM MARTY'S LEG MUSCLES ARE TRANSMITTED VIA THE SENSORS THROUGH A RADIO TRANSMITTER WHICH HE WEARS AROUND HIS WAIST, TO THIS RECEIVER RECORDER.
USING PRE-AMPLIFIERS, SURFACE ELECTRODES, AND CABLING ALREADY DEVELOPED FOR NASA, FRAN FORD BEGAN BETTING GOOD TEST RESULTS IN HER OWN WORK.
THE EQUIPMENT SHOULD ALSO PROVE USEFUL TO OTHERS.