Gait analysis is becoming a more integral part of the decision-making process in treatment of children with neuromuscular problems. A normal reference, however, must be available for comparison when one makes decisions. We wished to develop a normal pediatric database for joint kinematics and kinetics which could then be used as a reference for clinical gait analysis. Thirtyone normal children underwent a complete gait analysis including calculations of three-dimensional joint kinematics and kinetics. The pediatric data were similar to that of normal adults.
Gait Analysis Laboratory, Orthopaedic Department, Newington Children's Hospital, Newington, Connecticut; and *Orthopaedic Department, Gillette Children's Hospital, St. Paul, Minnesota
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