An exploratory study on the effect of body weight support treadmill training for children with cerebral palsy

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An exploratory study on the effect of body weight support treadmill training for children with cerebral palsy

 

Author: Yu, Chung-man Annie
Title: An exploratory study on the effect of body weight support treadmill training for children with cerebral palsy
Degree: M.Sc.
Year: 2004
Subject: Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Cerebral palsied children -- Rehabilitation
Cerebral palsy -- Exercise therapy
Treadmill exercise tests
Department: Dept. of Rehabilitation Sciences
Pages: v, 33, xviii leaves : col. ill. ; 30 cm
Language: English
InnoPac Record: http://library.polyu.edu.hk/record=b1772696
URI: http://theses.lib.polyu.edu.hk/handle/200/2041
Abstract: The objective of the study was to examine the effect of Body Weight Support Treadmill Training (BWSTT) in enhancing gross motor function, walking speed and walking endurance of school-aged children with Cerebral Palsy (CP). The study design is a nonrandomized, pre and post-treatment study. A total of 10 children (7 ambulatory and 3 non-ambulatory) age between 6-13 years old received 30-minutes of BWSTT at a frequency of three sessions per week for three months in addition to maintenance exercises. The outcome measures used were: (i) standing and walking dimensions of Gross Motor Function Measures (GMFM), (ii) spatio-temporal gait measurements (i.e.overground walking velocity, cadence, step length and stride length), (iii) the physiological cost index (PCI) and (iv) Functional Ambulation Categories (FAC). The results were analyzed by pair t-tests, p<0.05. After 3 months of training, significant decreased in the PCI (p < 0.02) and increased walking speed (p = 0.02) were denoted in the ambulatory group. No significant difference was found in the standing and walking dimensions of Gross Motor Function Measures, walking cadence or stride length or Functional Ambulatory Category scores. To conclude, 3 months of BWSTT was effective in improving walking endurance and walking speed of ambulatory children with CP. The study provided support of BWSTT as treatment option in improving gait function of children with CP.

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