Assessment of Specific Coordination in Subjects with Handicaped Locomotor System

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Plinta R., Saulicz E., Gnat R., Juras G., Waskiewicz Z.

The objective of the paper was to describe the possibilities of application of The Vienna Test System in diagnosing the potential of specific coordination abilities in disabled subjects. The study involved 2 groups of participants – 75 handicapped men aged from 18 to 48 years and 45 healthy men between 21 and 41 years of age. In each case the level of coordination was assessed by means of The Vienna Test System. During assessment of the quality of both simple and complex reactions the best outcomes, expressed either in the shortest times or the highest speed, were accomplished by healthy men. Slightly worse performances were typical for people with amputations or congenital dysfunctions of the locomotor system. Some parameters were at a similar level. Clearly the worst results were registered among handicapped with traumatic or pathological lesions of the Central Nervous System. The Vienna Test System is a quick, measurable and simultaneously simple way of diagnosing the potential of coordination abilities in disabled subjects. The handicap of lower extremities with neurogenic origin can affect the level of such abilities in a considerable degree.
Key words
locomotor system, coordination, motor abilities, disabled

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