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The Geek Perspective: Answering the Call for Advanced Technology in Research Inquiry Related to Pediatric Brain Injury and Motor Disability

Wininger, Michael PhD; Pidcoe, Peter PT, DPT, PhD

doi: 10.1097/PEP.0000000000000447

The Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy Research Summit IV issued a Call to Action for community-wide intensification of a research enterprise in inquiries related to pediatric brain injury and motor disability by way of technological integration. But the barriers can seem high, and the pathways to integrative clinical research can seem poorly marked. Here, we answer the Call by providing framework to 3 objectives: (1) instrumentation, (2) biometrics and study design, and (3) data analytics. We identify emergent cases where this Call has been answered and advocate for others to echo the Call both in highly visible physical therapy venues and in forums where the audience is diverse.

A perspective on technology for rehabilitation.

Department of Rehabilitation Sciences (Dr Wininger), University of Hartford, West Hartford, Connecticut; Department of Biostatistics (Dr Wininger), Yale School of Public Health, New Haven, Connecticut; Cooperative Studies Program, Department of Veterans Affairs (Dr Wininger), West Haven, Connecticut; Department of Physical Therapy (Dr Pidcoe), Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia.

Correspondence: Michael Wininger, PhD, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Hartford, Dana Hall, 4th Floor, 200 Bloomfield Ave, West Hartford, CT 06117 (

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

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