Kinesiology researchers receive CIHR award for more than $585,000

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Kinesiology researchers receive CIHR award for more than $585,000

Published on April 07 2014


A group of senior scientists from the Department of Kinesiology - led by Prof. Bareket Falk and including Stephen Cheung, Canada Research Chair in Environmental Ergonomics, and Nota Klentrou - will examine a host of factors that make children living with cerebral palsy (CP) particularly vulnerable.

These include: CP-specific temperature regulation challenges, wheelchair-seat interfaces and seat technologies, and appropriate care protocols.

Children living with cerebral palsy (CP) are especially at risk for pressure sores, since their metabolic rates are high because of muscle spasticity, a reduced skin surface area available for sweat evaporation and are in wheelchairs most of the day.

The researchers are working with a couple of community partners. Niagara Prosthetics & Orthotics (NPO), which designs, fabricates, and provides wheelchairs and custom seating to residents of the Niagara Region, including children with CP, create all the research prototypes under the direction owner Alan Rigby.

The Niagara Children’s Centre (NCC), an out-patient school/rehabilitation facility for over 300 children with CP at various function levels, will provide the participant pool for the study. NCC staff will also play a major role in the design, evaluation and implementation of new care protocols.

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Media Inquiries:

Michael T. Armstrong, Communications Officer, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, Brock University, 905-688-5550 x5342; mtarmstrong@brocku.ca

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Kinesiology researchers receive CIHR award for more than $585,000

A group of senior scientists from the Department of Kinesiology - led by Prof. Bareket Falk and including Stephen Cheung, Canada Research Chair in Environmental Ergonomics, and Nota Klentrou - will examine a host of factors that make children living with cerebral palsy (CP) particularly vulnerable.