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Motor control of gait and the underlying neural network in pediatric neurology

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Nervous system diseases in children are very complex and often require a multidisciplinary approach to optimize all aspects of treatment. Independent gait is one of the most important goals in many pediatric neurological movement disorders. Hence, researchers globally strive to better understand the ...

Nervous system diseases in children are very complex and often require a multidisciplinary approach to optimize all aspects of treatment. Independent gait is one of the most important goals in many pediatric neurological movement disorders. Hence, researchers globally strive to better understand the fundamentals and neural causes of the movement disorders due to diseases in the developing nervous system through cutting edge research.

Unfortunately, it remains unclear how the wide range of brain anomalies in pediatric neurology lead to specific clinical motor representations and, more specifically, the heterogeneous pathological gait patterns. Frequently reported motor control issues that specifically affect the gait pattern due to brain anomalies in pediatric populations include muscle weakness, imbalance, and spasticity.

Understanding the neural control of movements that primarily determines the walking ability of children with neurological disorders can help to improve existing or to develop new effective gait rehabilitation strategies.

Furthermore, the implementation of novel technology and advanced analysis methods in fundamental research and rehabilitation in pediatric neurology is emerging. In principle, these advancements allow for a growing understanding of the complexities of the nervous system and the potential of the novel rehabilitation strategies.

Therefore, in this Research Topic we aim to address new scientific contributions in the field of motor control of movements (e.g. muscle weakness, imbalance, and spasticity) that affect the gait pattern in pediatric neurology. Furthermore, we also hope to introduce studies that include medical imaging results that relate the motor control issues during gait to deficiencies in brain neural networks. Papers with a focus on gait rehabilitation strategies (including new technologies for rehabilitation in pediatric neurology) will also be taken into consideration.

The present Research Topic is dedicated to understanding (the neural network underlying) specific motor control issues in gait due to brain anomalies in pediatric neurology, and the possible effects of novel rehabilitation paradigms on gait.


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