Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine - Volume Pre-press, issue Pre-press
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The Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine (JPRM): An Interdisciplinary Approach Throughout the Lifespan is designed to parallel the multidisciplinary teams caring for children, adolescents and adults with childhood-onset physical disabilities and complex care needs worldwide. Published quarterly, topics include, and are not limited to, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, spina bifida, limb deficiency, muscular dystrophy, stroke, cancer, developmental delays, and rare disorders. Furthermore, the journal welcomes papers dedicated to pediatric rehabilitation from a global health perspective.
The aim of JPRM is to engage a diverse group of international experts with the goal of providing readers with comprehensive information regarding children and adolescents requiring rehabilitation. JPRM brings together specialists from medicine, nursing, psychology, social work, nutrition, child life, family centered care, and occupational, physical, and speech therapy. For manuscript submissions, authorship involving at least two different specialties is encouraged, although not required, to facilitate a transdisciplinary and collaborative approach. Manuscripts are blinded and peer reviewed including biostatistical analysis. Authors are invited to submit original research, systematic and scoping reviews, guidelines, protocols, care pathways, case reports, book reviews, commentaries, editorials, and dates for future conferences.
Abstract: PURPOSE: To assess the changes in balance function in children with cerebral palsy (CP) after two weeks of daily training with personalized balance games. METHODS: Twenty-five children with CP, aged 5 to 18 years were randomly selected for experimental or control groups. Over a period of two weeks, all participants received 8–9 game sessions for 15–20 minutes, totaling 150–160 minutes. The experimental group used personalized balance games available from the GAmification for Better LifE (GABLE) online serious gaming platform. Children from the control group played Nintendo Wii games using a handheld Wii Remote. Both groups received…the same background treatment. Recorded outcome measures were from a Trunk Control Measurement Scale (TCMS), Timed Up & Go Test (TUG), Center of Pressure Path Length (COP-PL), and Dynamic Balance Test (DBT). RESULTS: After two weeks of training in the experimental group TCMS scores increased by 4.5 points (SD = 3.5, p < 0.05) and DBT results increased by 0.88 points (IQR = 1.03, p < 0.05) while these scores did not change significantly in the control group. Overall, TUG and COP-PL scores were not affected in either group. CONCLUSION: This study demonstrates improvement of balancing function in children with CP after a two-week course of training with personalized rehabilitation computer games.
Keywords: Game therapy, serious games, physical therapy, rehabilitation, neurological disorders
Abstract: PURPOSE: We explored the test-retest reliability of pelvic rotation measured using a smartphone and established criterion-related validity by analyzing simple linear regression between pelvic rotation data obtained using the smartphone and those measured by a palpation meter. METHODS: We recruited 12 children with cerebral palsy (CP) (7 boys and 5 girls) and measured pelvic rotation using a smartphone application and a palpation meter in the sitting, standing, and one-leg standing positions. Test-retest reliability was evaluated by calculating intraclass correlation coefficients (ICCs); simple linear regression was analyzed to explore the relationships between smartphone and palpation meter data.…RESULTS: In terms of the test-retest reliability of pelvic rotation measured by the smartphone, the ICCs ranged from 0.85 to 0.95. A positive linear correlation was found between smartphone and palpation meter data. CONCLUSIONS: We confirmed that measurement of pelvic rotation using a smartphone was reliable when children with CP were in the sitting, standing, and one-leg standing positions. In addition, pelvic rotation measured using the smartphone correlated significantly with that measured using a palpation meter.