Effectiveness of Functional Power Training on Walking Ability in Young Children With Cerebral Palsy: Study Protocol of a Double-Baseline Trial

Liesbeth F. van Vulpen*, Sonja de Groot, Eugene A. A. Rameckers, Jules G. Becher, Annet J. Dallmeijer

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Abstract

Purpose: To evaluate the effect of functional high-velocity resistance (power) training to improve walking ability of young children with cerebral palsy.

Methods: Twenty-two children with bi-or unilateral spastic cerebral palsy, Gross Motor Function Classification System levels I and II, aged 4 to 10 years will be recruited. A double-baseline design will be used to compare a 14-week functional power training (3 times a week) program with a 14-week usual care period and a 14-week follow-up period. The power exercises will be loaded and performed at 50% to 70% of the maximum unloaded speed. Load will be increased when exercises are performed faster than 70% of the unloaded speed. Primary outcomes will be sprinting capacity (15-m Muscle Power Sprint Test) and goal attainment scaling score of walking-related treatment goals. Secondary outcomes will be walking speed (1-min walk test), endurance (10-m shuttle run test), gross motor function, lower-limb strength, and parent-reported mobility.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)275-282
Number of pages8
JournalPediatric physical therapy
Volume29
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2017

Keywords

  • cerebral palsy
  • gait
  • high-velocity training
  • muscle strength
  • plantar flexor muscles
  • power training
  • walking
  • MOBILITY QUESTIONNAIRE MOBQUES
  • TEST-RETEST RELIABILITY
  • MOTOR FUNCTION MEASURE
  • VALIDITY
  • STRENGTH
  • YOUTH
  • REHABILITATION
  • LIMITATIONS
  • INTERRATER

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