Spinal cord injury (WS-03)

Workshop
Time:
Sunday 11 April 2021, 11:15-12:15
Location:
Channel 5
Chair/speaker
Speakers

SPINAL CORD INJURY: INTRODUCTION TO THE SEGMENTAL ASSESSMENT OF TRUNK CONTROL AS A COMPLEMENT TO RECOVERY-BASED THERAPIES FOR PEADIATRICS

Description

Over the last 50 years, scientists have discovered that the spinal cord is in fact ‘smart’. Much like the brain, the spinal cord receives input, both descending and ascending, processes, synthesizes and integrates the information and can generate a motor output. Accessing the ‘smart’ spinal cord, achieving a necessary state of excitability of the neuronal networks, and applying principles of activity-dependent plasticity have been the building blocks for promising new therapies promoting improved neuromuscular capacity below the lesion, health, and quality of life for persons with spinal cord injury. The purpose of this workshop is to introduce the Segmental Assessment of Trunk Control, as an example of new outcome measures and a needed complement in the context of therapies aimed at improving neuromuscular control above and below the lesion. This instrument serves not only as an outcome measure, but also as a guide for clinical decision-making and therapeutic progression. Administration, scoring, clinical application, and research demonstrating validity, reliability, and responsiveness of the SATCo will be presented in the context of recovery-based therapies.

Objectives

  • Describe the development of the Segmental Assessment of Trunk Control (SATCo) in pediatrics and research specific to application in children and adolescents with SCI.
  • Describe and apply key aspects of administration and scoring of the SATCo
  • In the context of recovery-based therapies, understand the use of the SATCo as an evaluation tool and guide for clinical decision-making in the pediatric population with SCI and trunk control deficits