Design Criteria

The overall philosophy of the CMG 2.i project is to develop a model that preserves the strengths of the original model while addressing its weaknesses.

Nine design criteria have been formulated. The new model should:

  1. provide a standard method of data capture which is easy, quick and robust to use requiring a minimum of biomechanical knowledge or special training of the gait analyst.
  2. be widely applicable (with a minimum of variations) to adults and children (above the age of 5) with a range of different neuromusculoskeletal pathologies or none.
  3. provide reproducible results within and between gait analysts and across different clinical services.
  4. incorporate output of metrics specifically for quality assurance purposes.
  5. be biomechanically rigorous exploiting a state of the art knowledge of biomechanical modelling.
  6. be validated rigorously to conform with demands of modern clinical governance structures and the requirement for evidence based practice.
  7. be transparent allowing the user to understand the methodology at a number of different levels including full access to the underlying code.
  8. be as backwards compatible as possible.
  9. provide a platform for future development.