Poster or Presentation Title

Examining the Relationship Between Cervical Range of Motion and Proprioceptive Abilities Assessed by Head Position Using a Sensory Motor Control-Oriented Rehabilitation™ LED Laser

Student Author Information

Elizabeth DavisFollow

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Campus Access Only

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Department

Biomedical Science

Abstract

It was hypothesized that limited cervical range of motion may cause a decrease in proprioceptive abilities. Therefore, the relationship between cervical range of motion (CROM) and proprioceptive ability was assessed in a sample of convenience of eighteen human subjects of varying ages and genders. Each subject's cervical range of motion was measured using a CROM mechanical goniometer. The subject's CROM was measured in the sagittal, transverse and frontal planes. The average Global Total CROM for participants studied was 336.98 degrees. The subjects then performed a head-to-target repositioning test using a Sensory Motor Control-Oriented Rehabilitation™ LED Laser to evaluate their proprioceptive abilities as a measurement of their head repositioning accuracy (HRA). The repositioning test was performed and the HRA was measured in the sagittal and transverse planes. Coordinate points from the target were converted to linear displacement from the origin of the target. A Pearson correlation coefficient was performed to analyze the relationship between CROM and linear displacement in each plane. The correlation coefficient between CROM and Linear Displacement for flexion was 0.01, for extension was 0.14, for right rotation was 0.28, and for left rotation was 0.17. Right rotation exhibited a fair relationship between CROM and linear displacement, while all other planes showed little to no relationship between CROM and linear displacement.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Wendy Williamson, PT, DPT

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Examining the Relationship Between Cervical Range of Motion and Proprioceptive Abilities Assessed by Head Position Using a Sensory Motor Control-Oriented Rehabilitation™ LED Laser

It was hypothesized that limited cervical range of motion may cause a decrease in proprioceptive abilities. Therefore, the relationship between cervical range of motion (CROM) and proprioceptive ability was assessed in a sample of convenience of eighteen human subjects of varying ages and genders. Each subject's cervical range of motion was measured using a CROM mechanical goniometer. The subject's CROM was measured in the sagittal, transverse and frontal planes. The average Global Total CROM for participants studied was 336.98 degrees. The subjects then performed a head-to-target repositioning test using a Sensory Motor Control-Oriented Rehabilitation™ LED Laser to evaluate their proprioceptive abilities as a measurement of their head repositioning accuracy (HRA). The repositioning test was performed and the HRA was measured in the sagittal and transverse planes. Coordinate points from the target were converted to linear displacement from the origin of the target. A Pearson correlation coefficient was performed to analyze the relationship between CROM and linear displacement in each plane. The correlation coefficient between CROM and Linear Displacement for flexion was 0.01, for extension was 0.14, for right rotation was 0.28, and for left rotation was 0.17. Right rotation exhibited a fair relationship between CROM and linear displacement, while all other planes showed little to no relationship between CROM and linear displacement.