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Evaluating the effectiveness of the biomechanical efficiency quotient as a measure of gait efficiency in children with cerebral palsy

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3 Author(s)
Benda, B.J. ; Shriners Hosp. for Crippled Children, Philadelphia, PA, USA ; Smith, B.T. ; Lange, G.W.

The Biomechanical Efficiency Quotient (BEQ) has been suggested as an effective measure of gait efficiency due to its correlation with oxygen consumption. Here we report the application of a modified BEQ measure to the gait data of children of typical development and children with cerebral palsy. The results indicate a strong correlation between the modified BEQ measure and oxygen consumption and a significant ability of the BEQ to distinguish between subjects with spastic hemiplegic cerebral palsy, subjects with spastic diplegic cerebral palsy, and able-bodied peers

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Bioengineering Conference, 2002. Proceedings of the IEEE 28th Annual Northeast

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