Data underlying: Quantification of the development of trunk control in healthy infants using inertial measurement units
datasetposted on 11.05.2022, 07:30 by Janneke Blok, Katie PoggenseeKatie Poggensee, Daniel Lemus PerezDaniel Lemus Perez, Manon Kok, Robert Pangalila, Heike ValleryHeike Vallery, Jolien Deferme, Leontien Toussaint-Duyster, Herwin Horemans
Trunk motor control is essential for the proper functioning of the upper extremities and is an important predictor of gait capacity in children with delayed development. Early diagnosis and intervention could increase the trunk motor capabilities in later life, but current tools used to assess the level of trunk motor control are largely subjective and many lack the sensitivity to accurately monitor development and the effects of therapy. Inertial measurement units could yield an objective quantitative assessment that is inexpensive and easy-to-implement. We performed an experiment with six young children, each wearing a trunk-attached sensor, to determine if the root mean square of jerk, a proxy for smoothness of movement, can distinguish age. Root mean square of jerk decreases with age, up to 24 months, and is correlated to a more established method, i.e., center-of-pressure velocity, as well as other standard inertial measurement unit outputs. This metric therefore shows potential as a method to differentiate trunk motor control levels.