Long-term influences of a preterm birth on movement organization and side specialization in children at 4-8 years of age.

Developmental psychobiology

PubMedID: 24523104

Johansson AM, Domellöf E, Rönnqvist L. Long-term influences of a preterm birth on movement organization and side specialization in children at 4-8 years of age. Dev Psychobiol. 2014;.
This study explored upper-limb and head kinematics during unimanual goal-directed movements in children born preterm (PT) and full-term (FT) aged 4-8 years. Further, functional lateralization was investigated through side-specific kinematics and hand preference observations. Altogether, 141 children were included, divided into three sub-groups based on gestation week at birth (GW). Children born FT (38-41 GW) and moderately PT (33-35 GW) showed faster, smoother, and shorter movement trajectories than children born very PT (V-PT?