Journal article

A qualitative analysis of the benefits of strength training for young people with cerebral palsy

H McBurney, NF Taylor, KJ Dodd, HK Graham

DEVELOPMENTAL MEDICINE AND CHILD NEUROLOGY | WILEY | Published : 2003

Abstract

This qualitative study investigated the positive and negative outcomes of a home-based strength-training programme for young people with cerebral palsy (CP). Eleven young people with spastic diplegic CP (seven females, four males; mean age 12 years 9 months, SD 2 years 10 months; range 8 to 18 years) and their parents were interviewed. Gross Motor Function Classification System scores ranged from I (walks without limitations) to III (walks with assistive device), with a mode of III. The strength-training programme, which was conducted in the participants' homes three times per week for 6 weeks (total of 18 prescribed sessions), comprised three exercises targeting the major support muscles of..

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