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Kicking coordination captures differences between full-term and premature infants with white matter disorder.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15063051     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study explores the relation of white matter disorder (WMD) to intralimb coordination patterns in premature infants with very low birth weight (VLBW). We specifically measured the temporal-spatial characteristics of intralimb coordination patterns of the legs. Three groups of infants were compared at one month corrected age (CA): 10 premature infants born VLBW and WMD (PTWMD), 10 premature infants born VLBW without WMD (PT) and 10 full term infants (FT). Using kinematic variables, we discriminate among VLBW infants with WMD from the two comparison groups. Infants born with WMD maintain patterns of tight coupling among leg joints (all flexion or all extension) while PT and FT term infants have begun to decouple leg joints by this age (combinations of flexion with extension). The coupling pattern is captured through joint correlations, discrete relative phase, and phase plane portraits. The PTWMD infants also demonstrate aberrant patterns of coordination evident through both temporal and spatial characteristics of the kicks. This is the first evidence that movement disorder associated with brain lesions can be identified and quantified with kinematic variables as early as one month of age.
Linda Fetters; Yu-ping Chen; Johanna Jonsdottir; Edward Z Tronick
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Human movement science     Volume:  22     ISSN:  0167-9457     ISO Abbreviation:  Hum Mov Sci     Publication Date:  2004 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-04-05     Completed Date:  2004-08-05     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8300127     Medline TA:  Hum Mov Sci     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  729-48     Citation Subset:  IM    
Programs in Physical Therapy, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, Boston University, 635 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Brain / abnormalities*
Cohort Studies
Infant, Newborn
Infant, Premature
Infant, Very Low Birth Weight
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Motor Skills Disorders / diagnosis*
Prospective Studies
Spatial Behavior
Time Factors

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