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Pediatric Physical Therapy:
doi: 10.1097/PEP.0b013e3181dba5e5
Case Report

Sport-Specific Fitness Testing and Intervention for an Adolescent With Cerebral Palsy: A Case Report

Kenyon, Lisa K. PT, MHS, PCS; Sleeper, Mark D. PT, MS, OCS; Tovin, Melissa M. PT, MA, PhD

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Abstract

Background and Purpose: This case report describes the development, implementation, and outcomes of a fitness-related intervention program that addressed the sport-specific goals of an adolescent with cerebral palsy.

Case Description: The participant in this case was a 16-year-old African American male with spastic diplegia. The participant joined his high school wrestling team and asked to focus his physical therapy on interventions that would improve his wrestling performance. An examination was performed using the muscle power sprint test, the 10 × 5-m sprint test, strength tests, the 10-m shuttle run test, and the Gross Motor Function Measure. The intervention consisted of interval training, which focused on the demands of wrestling.

Outcomes: Scores on all tests and measures were higher after the intervention.

Discussion: The outcomes of this case report seem to support the use of a fitness-related intervention program for addressing the sport-specific goals of an adolescent with cerebral palsy.

© 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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