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Infants needed for physiotherapy study

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CQUniversity Bundaberg physiotherapy researchers are seeking local parents who are willing to have their infant children participate in an innovative study.

CQUniversity Bundaberg physiotherapy researchers are seeking local parents who are willing to have their infant children participate in an innovative study that investigates new ways to measure how babies’ muscles grow.

Infants are required to have been born full-term and healthy and be aged between 1-18 months to participate in a one-off non-invasive assessment of approximately 30 minutes on the CQUniversity Bundaberg campus.

“This study, which will be taking place over the next six months, will look at the size and structure of arm and leg muscles using ultrasound technology, similar to that used during pregnancy,” CQUniversity physiotherapy researcher Kaysie Florance said.

“It's hoped that the information will help researchers understand how muscles grow and develop in healthy babies, and the impact of babyhood disorders, such as cerebral palsy, on muscle development.”

This research forms part of a wider study, with CQUniversity senior physiotherapy lecturer Dr Steven Obst as chief investigator, and findings are likely to be published in an online health journal, which will be accessible to the general public.

Interested parents are encouraged to contact either Kaysie Florance at [email protected] or Dr Steven Obst on 4150 7057 or via [email protected]

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