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Date of Graduation
Bachelor of Science (BS)
Department of Health Sciences
Mary Ott Walter
Exercise and movement are pivotal in promoting optimal function for the human body. For individuals with severe orthopedic impairments, attaining the required minimum of 30 minutes of daily exercise is seemingly difficult. The Quadriciser (the “Q”) serves as an alternative method to therapy in attaining daily exercise through promoting passive-active movement of all four limbs. Five middle school and high school subjects with cerebral palsy, severe orthopedic impairments, and multiple disabilities are analyzed to determine if the Q produces increased range of motion (ROM) outcomes for the knee and shoulder joints. A single case AB, pre-post design was utilized where ROM measurements were measured with a goniometer before and after a 30-minute Q intervention. A variety of exercise regimens were utilized including: alternating reciprocal pattern set-up, shoulder flexion set-up, knee flexion set-up, and crossing midline set-up. Group results depicted immediate and cumulative ROM benefits for the knee and shoulder. Incremental weekly change in ROM occurred, as well as leaps from baseline ROM measurements through continued Q use. At the individual level, changes in ROM varied per student. Sustaining ROM results are still yet to be determined following Q intervention.
Frank, Kristen N., "Promoting independent movers: The effect of the quadriciser on range of motion (rom)" (2017). Senior Honors Projects, 2010-2019. 366.