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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

doi: 10.1097/PEP.0b013e3182791459
Research Article

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.

The Muscle Power Sprint Test was found to be a valid test for measuring anaerobic capacity in children and adolescens with cerebral palsy who are able to walk or run independently. The authors recommend its use as an evaluative tool.

Rudolf Magnus Institute of Neuroscience and Center of Excellence for Rehabilitation Medicine (Dr Verschuren and Mr Ruyten), University Medical Center Utrecht and Rehabilitation Center De Hoogstraat, Utrecht, the Netherlands; Child Development & Exercise Center (Mr Bongers and Dr Takken), Wilhelmina Children's Hospital, UMC Utrecht, Utrecht, the Netherlands; Child Health & Exercise Medicine Program (Ms Obeid), Department of Pediatrics, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

Olaf Verschuren, PT, PhD, Rehabilitation Centre “De Hoogstraat”, Rembrandtkade 10, 3583 TM Utrecht, the Netherlands (

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

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