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:
- 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.
- 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.
- provide reproducible results within and between gait analysts and across different clinical services.
- incorporate output of metrics specifically for quality assurance purposes.
- be biomechanically rigorous exploiting a state of the art knowledge of biomechanical modelling.
- be validated rigorously to conform with demands of modern clinical governance structures and the requirement for evidence based practice.
- be transparent allowing the user to understand the methodology at a number of different levels including full access to the underlying code.
- be as backwards compatible as possible.
- provide a platform for future development.