Many military veterans who have suffered amputations are subjected to the CHAMP (Comprehensive High-Level Activity Mobility Predictor). This test is a performance-based measure of the functional ability of veterans affected by limb loss. Ultimately, the result of the test helps determine what treatment the supervising physician prescribes.
While the test works well for veterans, there isn’t a similar test available for children who may be missing one or more limbs.
This makes it difficult for our doctors to know the best treatment approach for children in need of prosthetic devices. Because of our commitment to providing the best healthcare possible, we looked into finding something to help make that possible.
TSRHC Is Working Hard on Finding a Solution
Every summer, at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, we do all we can to help children who are in need of prosthetics to find a realistic and applicable measure. During select Dallas Zoo Summer Camp programs, campers, ranging from Kindergarten to 8th grade, , are invited to help our researchers in identifying an appropriate method for identifying treatment.
All campers have the opportunity to participate in working their way through an agility course while standing on one leg, moving from side-to-side, running a shuttle run by weaving through cones, and then running forward, side-stepping, and running backwards. TSRHC staff times the children as they perform these activities.
How Will the Collected Data Be Used?
Although no personally identifiable information about the children is shared, parents can have their children opt out of providing personal information if they choose.. All children are allowed to participate, and data is collected about their height, weight, waist circumference, and how long it takes them to run the course.
The data collected is used to provide a baseline of healthy scoring ranges for children without pediatric orthopedic conditions, which is critical for developing the most effective treatment approaches for children who do need prosthetic devices.