Journal article

The effect of a running training intervention on ankle power generation in children and adolescents with cerebral palsy: A randomized controlled trial

A Chappell, GT Allison, G Williams, N Gibson, S Morris

CLINICAL BIOMECHANICS | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2020

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Children and adolescents with cerebral palsy who are classified as Gross Motor Function Classification Scale level I or II are usually able to run but lack ankle power generation for push-off. The aim of this study was to analyze the efficacy of a running training program in improving ankle power generation in children and adolescents with cerebral palsy. METHODS: This randomized controlled trial compared kinematic and spatiotemporal data collected during running from 38 children and adolescents with unilateral or bilateral cerebral palsy before and after a 12-week running program. Normalized speed, stride length, cadence, foot strike pattern, peak ankle power generation, peak hi..

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University of Melbourne Researchers

Grants

Awarded by Perth Children's Hospital Foundation Grant, Australia


Funding Acknowledgements

This study was supported by a Non-Government Centre Support Grant, Australia and Perth Children's Hospital Foundation Grant, Australia, ID 9632. Annie Chappell is the recipient of an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship.