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Pediatric Physical Therapy:
doi: 10.1097/PEP.0b013e3182791459
Research Article

Validity of the Muscle Power Sprint Test in Ambulatory Youth With Cerebral Palsy

Verschuren, Olaf PT, PhD; Bongers, Bart C. MSc; Obeid, Joyce MSc; Ruyten, Thijs PT, BSc; Takken, Tim PhD

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Purpose: To validate the Muscle Power Sprint Test (MPST) against the Wingate Anaerobic cycling Test (WAnT) in a group of youth with cerebral palsy (CP).

Methods: Twenty children and adolescents (11 boys and 9 girls; mean age = 14.8 years) with spastic CP, and classified as either level I or II of the Gross Motor Function Classification System, completed the study.

Results: Very strong significant correlations were seen for peak power (PP) and mean power (MP) from the MPST and WAnT PP and MP values (PP: r = 0.731, P < .001; MP: r = 0.903, P < .001).

Conclusions: The results of this study show that the MPST is a valid test for measuring anaerobic capacity in children with CP, and that this test can be used as an evaluation tool for anaerobic performance in exercise interventions focusing on children and adolescents with CP who are able to walk or run independently.

© 2013 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.


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