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Accelerometer-based gait analysis for quantitative assessment of physical activity outside the laboratory


Project Description

The assessment of rehabilitation status for musculoskeletal injuries, in both sports and clinical arenas can be readily measured using quantitative biomechanical approaches such as multi-camera motion capture. However, such systems are limited to specialist biomechanics laboratories and the approach is unsuitable for assessing large numbers of individuals. Commercially available accelerometers are a cheaper alternative but lack detailed information over short timescales and are unable to describe the quality of the activity. We have developed a customised device and analytical approach that offers the potential of providing meaningful gait assessment of individuals and the potential for quantitative injury assessment, as well as offering the potential of providing meaningful meta-analysis for activity levels of large populations. The main aim of this project is to derive a series of robust measures from accelerometry, validated in the laboratory against 3D movement data, that can give accurate information of an individual’s gait. This will be done in healthy individuals and in a number of patient groups - e.g. amputees and rehabilitating endurance runners. Once validated in the laboratory, we will assess the devices under field-based conditions.

Funding Notes

SES-PhD Demonstrating Studentships are available from October 2018 for students undertaking a PhD in the Faculty of Biological Sciences. Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they have the necessary skills to undertake SES demonstrating and if successful will be expected to undertake 120-250 hours of teaching per year. You should hold (or be in the final year of) a strong degree, equivalent to at least a UK upper second class honours degree, in a relevant discipline and also have an interest in teaching.
The studentships will provide fees at UK/EU level plus a stipend of £14,553.
Application link: View Website

References

Clark, C., Barnes, C., Swindell, N., Holton, M., Bingham, D., Collings, P., Barber, S., Summers, H., Mackintosh, K. & Stratton, G. (2017). Profiling movement and gait quality characteristics in pre-school children. Journal of Motor Behavior, 1-9.
Clark, C., Barnes, C., Summers, H., Mackintosh, K. & Stratton, G. (2017). Profiling movement quality characteristics of children (9-11y) during recess. European Journal of Human Movement 39, 143-160.
Clark, C., Barnes, C., Holton, M., Summers, H and Stratton, G. (2016). Profiling movement quality and gait characteristics according to body mass index in children (9-11y). Human Movement Science 49, 291-300.
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