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Treadmill stepping in infants born prematurely.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  7712955     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Premature infants stepped on a treadmill as early as 1-month corrected age and they performed more coordinated alternate steps than their full-term peers. Twelve low-risk premature infants were observed at 1-, 6- and 9-months corrected-age. The infants were supported on a treadmill for five 20-s trials at three speeds. The following data were analysed from the video records: (1) Leg postures in treadmill-moving and non-moving trials, (2) various parameters of limb position and movement during each step cycle, and (3) multiple anthropometric measures. Premature infants at all ages performed coordinated alternating steps which responded to changes in speed. The premature infants had more extended leg postures during non-stepping analysis than they did once the swing was initiated. Low-risk premature birth did not interfere with the neuromotor pathway. Experience out-of-utero may have facilitated stepping.
D W Davis; E Thelen; J Keck
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Early human development     Volume:  39     ISSN:  0378-3782     ISO Abbreviation:  Early Hum. Dev.     Publication Date:  1994 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1995-05-18     Completed Date:  1995-05-18     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7708381     Medline TA:  Early Hum Dev     Country:  IRELAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  211-23     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Pediatrics, University of Louisville, KY 40292, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Exercise Test
Follow-Up Studies
Infant, Newborn / physiology
Infant, Premature / physiology*
Leg / physiology
Locomotion / physiology
Motor Activity / physiology
Posture / physiology
Videotape Recording
Walking / physiology*
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