Adolescents & Adults with Developmental Disabilities
Plantar Pressure Mat Technology and Its Use in the Assessment of Standing Balance in Both Typically Developing, and Children and Adolescents with Cerebral Palsy
Friday, November 9
2:15 PM - 4:45 PM
Location: Meeting Room 12 - Convention Center
Children with CP have motor deficits that impair balance and ambulation resulting in decreased functional ability as compared to their peers. Since treatment intervention for these patients is often aimed at improving balance, the use of quantifiable balance assessment is an important tool for treatment planning and outcome assessment. MACs typically consider the use of force plates as the gold standard for measuring balance; however, most physical therapists do not have access to these force plates. The expense, lack of portability, and time involved with producing quantifiable data, make the use of force plates for balance assessment difficult to incorporate into the everyday practice of pediatric PT. A more cost effective and portable tool for measuring balance that produces quantifiable results quickly is the plantar pressure mat. During this course, plantar pressure mat technology and how it is currently being used for ambulatory patients with CP will be reviewed. The expansion of planter pressure mats to assess standing balance will be explained. Patient examples highlighting the application of this technology for ambulatory patients with CP will be presented and discussed. The benefits of this technology to the practice of pediatric physical therapy and patient care will also be discussed.
- Upon completion of this course, the learner will be familiar with plantar pressure mat technology and its use in gait analysis
- Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to define CoP analysis and describe its use as a means of measuring standing balance.
- Upon completion of this course, the learner will obtain a basic understanding of CoP variables to analyze and interpret standing balance and how this information is used in patient care.
- Upon completion of this course, the learner will recognize the CoP variables that have the most potential for use in standing balance assessment of the ambulatory child/adolescent with CP.