Children attending a summer camp at the Dallas Zoo have been helping researchers at TSRHC develop a mobility test to measure the functional ability of young amputees.
The test has been available for adults for a while: the Comprehensive High-level Activity Mobility Predictor (CHAMP) was designed by the military to monitor the progress of veterans with amputations. Researchers at TSRHC have decided to take CHAMP and adjust its parameters to fit younger amputees. To achieve this, they turned to the Dallas Zoo and their summer camp attendees for help.
Children at the camp were put through a four-part course, similar to an obstacle course, which timed them as they performed various physical activities. One portion of the test included balancing on one foot with the other foot held over a small cone.
The results of the summer camp kids will be used as a base line for the new CHAMP test for young amputees. That way, a patient’s progress can be compared with others in her own age group, instead of relying on the original test designed for adults.
Since last summer, researchers have gathered the results of 275 campers ages 5 to 14, and they plan on testing hundreds more campers this summer. Ultimately, they hope to have data from 100 kids in each age group from 5 to 18, so the test can be comprehensive.
With the help of these able-bodied camp goers, soon patients at TSRHC will have an effective CHAMP test to measure their progress.
For more information, visit our Movement Science page on our website or view the recent article in the Dallas Morning News. Stay tuned for another news story on Dallas’ CBS11 later this week!