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Exercise Interventions for Children with Cerebral Palsy

Exercise Interventions for Children with Cerebral PalsyExercise Interventions for Children with Cerebral Palsy

Disability and Rehabilitation published a systemic review to determine the effectiveness of active exercise interventions for improving gross motor activity/participation of school-aged, ambulant/semi-ambulant children with cerebral palsy.

The systemic review included 34 studies with seven interventions that reported on gross motor function although a limited number studied participation outcomes.  The review indicated the following regarding exercise interventions for children with cerebral palsy:

  • strong positive evidence was available for Gross Motor Activity Training and Gross Motor Activity Training with progressive resistance exercise plus additional physical therapy.
  • moderate positive evidence exists for Gross Motor Activity Training plus additional physiotherapy and Physical Fitness Training.
  • weak positive evidence was available for Modified Sport and Non-Immersive Virtual Reality.
  • strong evidence against Gross Motor Activity Training plus progressive resistance exercise without additional physical therapy.

The researchers concluded that active, performance-focused exercise with variable practice opportunities improves gross motor function in ambulant/semi-ambulant children with cerebral palsy.  Additional research is recommended to measure participation outcomes.

Reference:  Clutterbuck, G., Auld, M., & Johnston, L. (2018). Active exercise interventions improve gross motor function of ambulant/semi-ambulant children with cerebral palsy: a systematic review. Disability and rehabilitation, 1-21.

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