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Pediatric Physical Therapy:
doi: 10.1097/PEP.0b013e31825c87e7
Research Article

Development of Reference Values for the Functional Mobility Assessment

Marchese, Victoria G. PT, PhD; Oriel, Kathryn N. PT, EdD; Fry, Jessica A. PT; Kovacs, Jamie L. PT; Weaver, Ryan L. PT; Reilly, Maureen M. RN, BSN; Ginsberg, Jill P. MD

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Purpose: To obtain reference values for healthy participants performing the Functional Mobility Assessment (FMA). The FMA is a reliable and valid tool used to examine functional abilities subjectively and objectively in patients with lower-extremity sarcoma in all components of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health model (body function, activity, and participation).

Methods: Children, adolescents, and young adults who were healthy, representing a sample of convenience (n = 503; 260 females, age 10–21 years), participated in this study.

Results: Means and standard deviations for all participants: Timed Up and Down Stairs 6.18 ± 0.8 seconds, Timed Up and Go 3.78 ± 0.6 seconds, 9-minute run/walk 4161 ± 893 feet, and the FMA total 59 ± 3.

Conclusion: The reference values provided in this study will allow health care professionals to compare the functional abilities of children, adolescents, and young adults with lower extremity sarcoma to age- and gender-matched healthy peers when using the FMA.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.


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