- Jason Long, PhD - Cincinnati Children’s
- Ross Chafetz, PT, DPT, PhD, MPH - Shriners Hospital for Children - Philadelphia
- Tyler Richardson, PhD - Penn State Harrisburg
- Acknowledge limitations of upper extremity motion capture assessments
- Understand the proposed recommendations for upper extremity motion capture assessments
- 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.