Differences in gait complexity and variability between children with and without Developmental Coordination Disorder

Karl S. Rosengren, Frederik J A Deconinck, Louis A. DiBerardino, John D. Polk, Jesse Spencer-Smith, Dirk De Clercq, Matthieu Lenoir

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Abstract

We used elliptical Fourier analysis (EFA) to examine potential differences in the complexity and variability of gait of children with (N = 10) and without (N = 10) Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). Children with DCD generated movement patters with larger variability and complexity than typically developing (TD) children. In addition, children with DCD exhibited greater asymmetry in their movement patterns compared to TD children. Our results suggest that children with DCD have significantly greater difficulty producing consistent movement patterns both across their left and right legs and over repeated strides. EFA techniques show promise for distinguishing between different groups of individuals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)225-229
Number of pages5
JournalGait and Posture
Volume29
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2009

Keywords

  • Complexity
  • Developmental Coordination Disorder
  • Gait
  • Variability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Rehabilitation

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    Rosengren, K. S., Deconinck, F. J. A., DiBerardino, L. A., Polk, J. D., Spencer-Smith, J., De Clercq, D., & Lenoir, M. (2009). Differences in gait complexity and variability between children with and without Developmental Coordination Disorder. Gait and Posture, 29(2), 225-229. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gaitpost.2008.08.005