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Physical Fitness and GMFM Scores

Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology published research on the relationship of physical fitness and Gross Motor Function Measure scores in children with cerebral palsy (45 with hemiplegia and 23 with spastic diplegia). The study results indicated no relationship between aerobic capacity and body mass index and sections D (standing) and E (walking, running and jumping) […]

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Motor Skills and Function in Children with CP

Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology published research that compared children with cerebral palsy’s scores on the GMFM-66 and the Vineland over 3 years. The study results indicated that there is a significant relationship between what a child can do (GMFM)and what a child does do (Vineland). The relationship was more positive for GMFCS Level I […]

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Motor Skills During Adolescence in children with CP

Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology published research stating that adolescent children with cerebral palsy GMFCS Level III, IV and V demonstrated a functional decline in skills which were clinically significant. This longitudinal study followed 657 children with CP using the Gross Motor Function Measure-66. Children with cerebral palsy levels I and II did not experience […]

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Functional Physical Training and CP

Recent research in Pediatric Physical Therapy reports on thirteen children with cerebral palsy who participated in functional physical training 2x/wk for 9 weeks resulting in significant improvements in ambulation, aerobic endurance, and walking distance. This might seem obvious but I think therapists need to be reminded frequently what works time and time again – aerobic […]