Journal article

Task-specific training for bicycle-riding goals in ambulant children with cerebral palsy: a randomized controlled trial

Rachel AM Toovey, Adrienne R Harvey, Jennifer L Mcginley, Katherine J Lee, Sophy TF Shih, Alicia J Spittle

DEVELOPMENTAL MEDICINE AND CHILD NEUROLOGY | WILEY | Published : 2021

Abstract

AIM: To determine whether a task-specific physiotherapist-led training approach is more effective than a non-specific parent-led home programme for attaining bicycle-riding goals in ambulant children with cerebral palsy (CP). METHOD: Sixty-two ambulant children with CP aged 6 to 15 years (33 males, 29 females, mean age 9y 6mo) with bicycle-riding goals participated in this multi-centre, assessor-blind, parallel-group, superiority randomized controlled trial. Children in the task-specific group participated in a physiotherapist-led, group-based, intensive training programme. Children in the parent-led home group were provided with a practice schedule, generic written information, and telephon..

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Grants

Awarded by Physiotherapy Research Foundation Seeding Grant


Awarded by National Health Medical Research Council (NHMRC)


Awarded by NHMRC Career Development Fellowship


Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by a Physiotherapy Research Foundation Seeding Grant (S16-007), an Australian Government Research Training Programme Scholarship (RT), National Health Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Centre of Research Excellence in Cerebral Palsy ID 1057997 (RAMT, ARH, STFS), Centre of Research Excellence in Newborn Medicine ID 1060733 (AJS), NHMRC Career Development Fellowship ID 1053767 (AJS), Melbourne Children's Campus Clinician Scientist Fellowship (ARH), Murdoch Children's Research Institute (RAMT, ARH, KJL), and the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support Program. We thank Frances Wright (parent advisor), Andrew Davidson (Director, Melbourne Children's Trials Centre), Adam Scheinberg (State-wide Medical Director, Victorian Paediatric Rehabilitation Service), Barry Rawicki (Medical Director, Victorian Paediatric Rehabilitation Service Monash Children's Hospital), Sue Reid (Manager, Victorian Cerebral Palsy Register), and Dinah Reddihough (Murdoch Children's Research Institute) for their contributions to this protocol and in-kind support of this study. The authors have stated that they had no interests that might be perceived as posing conflict or bias.