229378 Predicting Lower Extremity Injuries in a Two Week Overweight Obese Children's 2- Week Summer Camp Exercise Program- A 2-Year prospective Study Untilizing Computerized gait Analysis

Tuesday, November 9, 2010 : 1:10 PM - 1:50 PM

Jeffrey Ross, DPM, MD , Medicine-Endrocrinology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Overweight and obese children suffer from a multitude of co-morbidities. Of particular interest are those that effect the lower extremity. Conditions such as knock knees, (genu valgum), bow legs (tibial varum), flat feet (pes plannus), high arches (pes cavus) can cause skeletal deformities to develop which can result in poor biomechanical balance of the feet and legs. These abnormalities can cause collapsing of the feet, severe internal rotation of the knees, resulting in arthritic changes and permanent deformities. Utilizing a computerized gait analysis, we are able to determine which children are at risk for developing these conditions as well as inujuries of the feet and lower extremities. With this computerizeed gait analysis data prior to the commencement of the 2-week camp program, we were able to predict which children were at risk for potential injury. A pre-camp questionaire was also used to help predict potential injury.With this information biomechanical intervention with the use of insoles, orthtoics or proper shoe gear can be made.

Learning Areas:
Basic medical science applied in public health
Chronic disease management and prevention
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Public health or related education
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
To demonstrate the use of computerized gait analysis to predicit lower extremity injuries during exercise during a 2 week summer camp program for obese children. To identify which children are at risk for developing overuse injuries as a result of biomechanical issues prior to the commencement of the exercise program. To analyze the data to show whci children reported pain or injuries during the 2-week exercise program, and compare them to the non-injuried individuals.

Keywords: Injuries, Obesity

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I was part of a reseacrh study conducted by Texas Children's Hospital, that evaluated overweight and obese younsters during a 2-week exercise and behavior modification camp program. I frequently evaluate adults and children for overuse inujuries in sports and exercise.
Any relevant financial relationships? Yes

Name of Organization Clinical/Research Area Type of relationship
Tekscan Biomechical Gait Analysis Speaker's bureau and teaching engagements

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.