Treadmill Training in Adolescents with CP

Recent research compared two groups of adolescents with cerebral palsy.  One group was randomly assigned to treadmill training, 3 times per week, for 12 weeks.  The other group participated in traditional physical therapy sessions (3x/ week for 12 weeks) which included mat activities, balance training, gait training and functional gross motor activities.  Post test results indicated a significant difference in self selected walking speed and gross motor function.  The researchers concluded that treadmill training may improve walking speed and gross motor function in adolescents with cerebral palsy.

Reference:  Chrysagis N, Skordilis EK, Stavrou N, Grammatopoulou E, Koutsouki D. The effect of treadmill training on gross motor function and walking speed in ambulatory adolescents with
cerebral palsy: a randomized controlled trial. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2012 Sep;91(9):747-60.