Friday, July 17, 2009

Task-Oriented Strength Training and Mobility for Children with Cerebral Palsy

NeuroRehabilitation published research on the effects of task-oriented strength training on mobility function in children with cerebral palsy. Five children with cerebral palsy (GMFCS I-III) were randomly assigned to an experimental group which received task-oriented strength training with a focus on the lower extremities for 5 weeks. This group also practiced functional tasks similar to daily living skills. The control group (5 children) received physical therapy for 5 weeks with a focus on facilitation and normalization of movement patterns to improve walking and balance.

The experimental group showed significant improvements in dimension D (standing) and dimension E (walking, running and jumping) of the Gross Motor Function Measure. This group also scored significantly lower on the Timed Get Up and Go test. The researchers concluded that children with cerebral palsy may benefit from a task-oriented strength training program to improve functional outcomes.

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Reference: Yasser Salem, Ellen M. Godwin (2009) Effects of task-oriented training on mobility function in children with cerebral palsy NeuroRehabilitation 24(4): 307-313.

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