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ERIC Number: EJ938648
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0012-1622
Grip Force Coordination during Bimanual Tasks in Unilateral Cerebral Palsy
Islam, Mominul; Gordon, Andrew M.; Skold, Annika; Forssberg, Hans; Eliasson, Ann-Christin
Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, v53 n10 p920-926 Oct 2011
Aim: The aim of the study was to investigate coordination of fingertip forces during an asymmetrical bimanual task in children with unilateral cerebral palsy (CP). Method: Twelve participants (six males, six females; mean age 14y 4mo, SD 3.3y; range 9-20y;) with unilateral CP (eight right-sided, four left-sided) and 15 age-matched typically developing participants (five males, 10 females; mean age 14y 3mo, SD 2.9y; range 9-18y,) were included. Participants were instructed to hold custom-made grip devices in each hand and place one device on top of the other. The grip force and load force were recorded simultaneously in both hands. Results: Temporal coordination between the two hands was impaired in the participants with CP (compared with that in typically developing participants), that is they initiated the task by decreasing grip force in the releasing hand before increasing the force in the holding hand. The grip force increase in the holding hand was also smaller in participants with CP (involved hand/non-dominant hand releasing, p less than 0.001; non-involved hand/dominant hand releasing, p=0.007), indicating deficient scaling of force amplitude. The impairment was greater when participants with CP used their non-involved hand as the holding hand. Interpretation: Temporal coordination and scaling of fingertip forces were impaired in both hands in participants with CP. The non-involved hand was strongly affected by activity in the involved hand, which may explain why children with unilateral CP prefer to use only one hand during tasks that are typically performed with both hands.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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