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Pediatric Physical Therapy:
doi: 10.1097/01.pep.0000249418.25913.a3
Research Report

Endurance and Gait in Children With Cerebral Palsy After Intensive Body Weight-Supported Treadmill Training

Provost, Beth PhD, PT; Dieruf, Kathy PhD, PT, NCS; Burtner, Patricia A. PhD, OTR/L; Phillips, John P. MD; Bernitsky-Beddingfield, Ann PT; Sullivan, Katherine J. PhD, PT; Bowen, Chantel A. MPT; Toser, Lesley MPT

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Purpose: This study was designed to investigate changes in endurance, functional gait, and balance after intensive body weight-supported treadmill training in children with CP who were ambulatory.

Methods: Six school-aged children with CP (four boys, two girls; age range: six to 14 years) participated in an intensive program of body weight-supported treadmill training 30 minutes twice daily for two weeks.

Results: Statistically significant improvement in walking velocity and energy expenditure were observed. Variability of individual outcomes was observed with some children showing positive changes, and others no change or a decline in performance. Four children showed minimal detectable changes in a positive direction on both an endurance measure and a functional gait measure. Each endurance and functional gait measure included at least one child with a positive minimal detectable change.

Conclusion: Intensive body weight-supported treadmill training may be an effective intervention for some children with CP who are ambulatory.

© 2007 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.


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