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MOTION: Pioneering Pediatric Mobility for a Brighter Tomorrow

Updated: 3 days ago

In the realm of pediatric healthcare, every step forward is a victory, especially for children battling neurological disorders like Cerebral Palsy (CP). Imagine the joy of a child taking their first steps independently, thanks to the groundbreaking work of the MOTION project. Supported by a cross-border collaboration of industry experts, healthcare professionals, users, and policymakers, MOTION is poised to transform the lives of thousands of children across Europe and beyond.

Cerebral Palsy affects thousands of children worldwide, with mobility impairment being a significant challenge. According to Beckhung (2008), approximately 54% of children with CP can walk without aids. However, a significant portion requires assistive devices for mobility, while some are unable to walk at all by the age of five. Enter MOTION, a beacon of hope for these children and their families.

At the heart of the MOTION project lies the development of mechanized orthosis—advanced exoskeleton technology designed specifically for pediatric use. While exoskeletons have been a game-changer for adult rehabilitation, adapting them for children presents unique challenges. MOTION seeks to address this gap by advancing the development, validation, and adoption of bionic rehabilitation technology tailored to children's needs, aiming to significantly improve their quality of life.

The role of Kinetic Analysis to this endevor is the co-creation of smart textile technology. Together, they are crafting 'smart garments' that integrate heartrate, breathing and stress sensors seamlessly into comfortable and attractive attire for children. These garments will communicate with autonomous lower body exoskeletons, providing real-time data to optimize rehabilitation outcomes. Moreover, a user interface presenting that brings together the body signals and clinical data makes it helpful for clinicians to enrich their decision making and increase quality of care.

However, developing pediatric exoskeletons is no small feat. The complexity of these machines demands expertise from various disciplines, including mechanical design, control algorithms, physiotherapy, and movement science. Through meticulous design and testing, the MOTION project aims to create a powerful yet user-friendly exoskeleton that empowers children to move with freedom and confidence.

But MOTION goes beyond just technology development. It's about improving the delivery of innovation in pediatric healthcare, setting new standards for rehabilitation practices. By leveraging cloud platforms to share clinical data and insights, MOTION fosters collaboration and knowledge exchange among stakeholders, driving continuous improvement in pediatric rehabilitation.

As we journey towards a future where every child can reach their full potential, projects like MOTION shine as beacons of progress and compassion. To learn more about this groundbreaking initiative and join the movement towards pediatric rehabilitation excellence, visit Together, we can turn dreams of mobility into reality for children around the world.



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