The McRoberts team is proud to announce that its founder and CEO Rob will defend his dissertation called "Assessing Sit-to-Stand for Clinical Use" on March 30th 2017 at the Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences at the VU University Amsterdam.
The thesis covers 3 main topics related to the instrumented analysis of Sit-to-Stand movements:Part I: Methodological Aspects Part II: Clinical Value Part III: Association Physical Performance - Physical Activity
The ability to rise from sitting to standing is critical to an individual’s quality of life as it is a prerequisite for functional independence. The most common method to assess Sit-to-Stand (STS) performance in older adults is using a stopwatch. This results in a one-dimensional outcome, namely the time it takes to perform this test. Rob's thesis provides evidence that temporal and kinematic parameters of the STS can reliably be detected using body-fixed sensors. Furthermore, these parameters correlate higher with clinical measures than the total time of the STS does. This provides a starting point for more detailed interventions aiming to improve STS performance. However, as Part III of the thesis demonstrates, a good performance does not necessarily translate to higher levels of physical activity, which would of course be the ultimate goal.
The VU University released a press release (Dutch) about the event with more information on the implications of the study and quotes from the opponents.