Article révisé par les pairs
Résumé : In spastic diplegia impaired postural control jeopardizes the organization of whole-body movements. We studied segmental motor patterns involved in standing up from a supine position in ten children with spastic diplegia associated with periventricular leukomalacia and 14 unimpaired children using a visual analysis scale previously devised for developmental research. This approach examines specific movement patterns in upper limbs, axis and lower limbs. We found that children with spastic diplegia use movement patterns described in normal children but with markedly reduced intra- and interindividual variability. One previously undescribed stereotyped lower limb pattern was observed in four patients. This approach can systematically characterize the limited repertoire of movement in patients with spastic diplegia and therefore contribute to a better understanding of motor control.