Human movement lab

The Paediatric Gait Analysis Laboratory is a large research space where researchers can assess the function and physical capacity of children who are participating in research projects and clinical trials. Specifically, the laboratory is used for capturing and recording measures pertaining to 3D kinematics and kinetics, muscle strength, plantar pressure analysis, walking ability, breathing and cardiac function, and tasks relating to coordination, balance, endurance and power. Data collected from children in the Paediatric Gait Analysis Lab is processed and analysed to understand how a disease or disability can affect a child’s function and how an intervention may help a patient.

The Laboratory is also used by the Paediatric Gait Analysis Service of NSW.

The Paediatric Gait Analysis Service of NSW is fully equipped with a 8 camera Vicon MX motion capture system, three AMTI forceplates, a wireless 16 channel EMG system, split-screen 2D video analysis equipment, access to a comprehensive suite of plantar pressure hardware and software, a tandem instrumented walkway, isometric dynamometers and several specialised test jigs for the study of the neurological and musculoskeletal system. The laboratory has both extramural as well as intramural collaborations with Orthopaedics, Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Departments.

For more information about the Paediatric Gait Analysis Laboratory, please email Kathleen Priest:

Paediatric Gait Analysis Lab


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The Paediatric Gait Analysis Service of NSW sees children from all over NSW with movement disorders such as Cerebral Palsy and Spina Bifida. Children who are being considered for complex procedures such as multi-level orthopaedic surgery or selective dorsal rhizotomy undergo 3D Gait Analysis in the Paediatric Gait Laboratory prior to their surgery. Data obtained during this assessment provides information on how each child moves and walks. This detailed information is then reviewed by a team of clinicians, including specialists of orthopaedics, rehabilitation, physiotherapy and biomechanics, in order to help make decisions about the child’s treatment. A post-operative gait analysis may also be undertaken, to assess the results of each procedure and provide the surgical team with important feedback for future treatment.

The Gait Analysis Laboratory was built with the assistance of a generous capital donation from The Humpty Dumpty Foundation and ongoing support for the service from The Cerebral Palsy Alliance.


Through the Paediatric Gait Analysis Service of NSW Research Registry gait analysis studies and physical assessment projects are underway to enhance treatment outcomes. There is scope for the translation of basic research into routine clinical practice. The Gait Analysis Service is collaborating with Australian and International centres to promote the exchange of ideas and enhance basic knowledge of walking patterns in normal and disease states.


December 2010

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