A new muscle endurance test for the arms

Research Opportunity
Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Number of Honour Places Available
1
Number of Master Places Available
1
Department
Paediatrics
Location
Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Childrens Research Institute
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Doctor Kate Carroll kate.carroll@mcri.edu.au Personal web page
Co-supervisor Email Number Webpage
Dr Katy de Valle katy.devalle@mcri.edu.au Personal web page

Summary This project focuses on the measurement of muscle endurance in the arms. The primary aim of this project is to test a new measure of arm muscle endurance in a group of typically developing children.

Project Details

Children with neuromuscular disorders have muscle weakness affecting their ability to stand up, walk, climb stairs and perform everyday activities including dressing and self-care tasks such as washing hair and brushing teeth. Some are unable to walk and use a wheelchair for mobility. Muscle strength and endurance impacts everyday function and needs to be measured accurately to guide clinical care, plan treatments and assist with equipment prescription.   The only robust measure of muscle endurance tested in this population in the 6 minute walk test that cannot be used when a child is non-ambulant. Reliable measures of arm muscle endurance are lacking.   This project focuses on the measurement of muscle endurance in the arms. The primary aim of this project is to test a new measure of arm muscle endurance in a group of typically developing children. These normative data will contribute to understanding arm endurance and establishing reliability and validity of this new outcome measure.



Faculty Research Themes

Child Health

School Research Themes

Child Health in Medicine



Research Opportunities

Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Students who are interested in joining this project will need to consider their elegibility as well as other requirements before contacting the supervisor of this research

Graduate Research application

Honours application

Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact a supervisor.

Department

Paediatrics

Research Node

Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Childrens Research Institute

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