Changes in endurance and walking ability through functional physical training in children with cerebral palsy.
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SourcePediatric Physical Therapy, 21, 1, (2009), pp. 31-37
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Primary and Community Care
Centre for Quality of Care Research
Pediatric Physical Therapy
SubjectNCEBP 6: Quality of nursing and allied health care; NCEBP 7: Effective primary care and public health; NCEBP 6: Quality of nursing and allied health care
PURPOSE: To investigate the feasibility and effect of a functional physical training program on aerobic endurance and walking ability of children with cerebral palsy. METHODS: Thirteen children (8-13 years, Gross Motor Function Classification System level I or II, with normal intelligence or mild retardation) participated in this study. A functional physical training program addressing aerobic endurance, walking distance, walking velocity, and ambulation, consisted of a circuit with 4 stations and lasted 30 minutes twice weekly for 9 weeks. The Bruce, 6-minute-run test, Timed Up and Down Stairs Test, and Ambulation Questionnaire were administered 2 weeks before the start, immediately after, and 11 weeks after the intervention. RESULTS: Significant improvement in aerobic endurance, walking distance, and ambulation were observed immediately after the intervention. Maximum treadmill time had improved significantly at 11 weeks. CONCLUSION: A functional physical training improves the aerobic endurance and the functional walking ability of children with cerebral palsy.
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