June 8 - 9, 2021

Breakfast Sessions


Breakfast Session 1: Evaluating Walking Activity
Date/Time: TBD


  • Darcy Reisman, Ph.D. - University of Delaware


  1. The learner will describe the latest updates in potential treatments for improving walking activity after stroke
  2. The learner will identify factors that impact walking activity after stroke
  3. The learner will identify primary and secondary outcomes that reflect walking activity recovery after stroke

As a group, stroke survivors are more physically inactive than even the most sedentary older adults.  Lack of physical activity has serious consequences in persons with stroke, including an increased risk of recurrent stroke, developing other diseases and mortality.  Current rehabilitation interventions do little to improve real-world walking activity after stroke, suggesting that simply improving walking capacity is not sufficient for improving daily physical activity after stroke. Recent meta-analyses suggest that there are multiple factors influencing walking activity after stroke that likely need to be addressed to improve real-world walking in this population. This talk will review the latest evidence on factors influencing walking activity after stroke and potential interventions to address these factors.


Breakfast Session 2: Advances in Upper Extremity Motion Capture for Clinical Assessment
Date/Time: TBD


  • Jason Long, PhD - Cincinnati Children’s 
  • Ross Chafetz, PT, DPT, PhD, MPH - Shriners Hospital for Children - Philadelphia
  • Tyler Richardson, PhD - Penn State Harrisburg  


  1. Acknowledge limitations of upper extremity motion capture assessments
  2. Understand the proposed recommendations for upper extremity motion capture assessments
  3. Learn about novel upper extremity motion capture techniques and recognize the potential for integration of technology into data collections


Upper extremity motion capture clinical assessments are far less common than lower extremity analyses due to a variety of challenges. Our group of surgeons, therapists, and researchers dedicated to improving the care of children with brachial plexus injuries (Plexus Nexus - https://www.plexusnexus.org/) has been working to address these challenges common to all upper extremity assessments. We have developed a standardized set of recommendations for clinical and motion analysis evaluation procedures in order to expedite data sharing and apples-to-apples comparisons between sites. Additionally, we are creating novel real-time motion capture tools to facilitate data collection on younger patients and exploring new ways to quantify and visualize upper extremity function. Keeping in line with collaborative spirit of this endeavor, we would like to disseminate this information and provide open access to the tools utilized to any interested upper extremity clinicians or researchers. During this session we will describe our proposed recommendations for upper extremity motion analysis, provide a demonstration new tools and approaches, and facilitate an open discussion between upper extremity clinicians and researchers in attendance.