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Master of Science


Health Related Sciences

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Ann F. VanSant


The purposes of this study were to determine: 1) if movement patterns (MP5) described for young adults rising from bed depict adolescents' MP5, 2) if there are age-related differences in MP5 adolescents use to perform this task, 3) most common MP combinations (MCMPCs) of each age group, and 4) if individuals are likely to progress through proposed sequences in the same order.

Sixty 11-, 14-, or 17-year-olds were videotaped during 10 trials of rising. MP5 demonstrated in each of four body regions were classified, and MP frequencies and MCMPCs were determined.

One new "near" arm MP was observed. Age-related MP differences were present in each region. The MCMPCs observed in 11-, 14-, and 17- year-olds were described. One MP combination was common across all groups. Subjects varied among MP5 that were not proposed to be adjacent developmental steps.

MP categories developed to describe adults' movements can be used to describe adolescents' movements. MP5 used by adolescents getting out of bed differ with age. Therapists can select age-appropriate MPs when teaching this activity.


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