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Research and Education

Research and education are part of the mission of Shriners Hospitals for Children and the Motion Analysis Laboratory in Chicago contributes significantly in these areas. The Motion Analysis Laboratory consistently publishes its research in peer reviewed journals and presents around the world at high level conferences and meetings.

Current MAL Research


Additionally, the staff conducts weekly training courses to medical residents and biomedical engineering students covering topics such as: gait analysis, physical examinations, cerebral palsy, biomechanics, postural stability, spasticity, and orthotics. In 2013 the lab began teaching a 2 day gait workshop free of charge to any students or clinicians interested that includes expert lecturers and hands on activities.

Role of Gait Analysis in Treatment

Comprehensive research has been conducted on the use of motion analysis on the treatment of children with cerebral palsy and spina bifida. Results have shown that individuals who have undergone preoperative motion analysis have a higher probability of improved outcomes compared to groups that have not undergone motion analysis.


For more information about financial reimbursement please refer to the reimbursement page
on the Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis Society (GCMAS) website.

The following are brief excerpts from the GCMAS website about the treatment of Cerebral Palsy and Spina Bifida:

Position Papers

See Position Papers on cerebral palsy and spina bifida on the GCMAS website: www.gcmas.org/reimbursement.