Descriptive analysis of elite runners with cerebral palsy
The purpose of this study is to describe the kinematic differences and similarities between treadmill running patterns of elite runners with cerebral palsy and elite normal runners. The five runners with cerebral palsy were recorded three-dimensionally with two Panasonic digital 5000 cameras while running on a treadmill at speeds of 4.5, 5.5, and 6.5 miles per hour with a zero grade incline. The camera was operating at thirty fields per second. The video data was digitized using the Peak Performance Motion Analysis System. The running patterns of elite normal runners was acquired from literature. The results showed that the stride of the elite cerebral palsy runner remained bilaterally consistant and was comparable between the five subjects at slower speeds. As the speed increased, greater variations developed.