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Systematic review of progressive strength training in children and adolescents with cerebral palsy who are ambulatory

Review published: 2008.

Bibliographic details: Mockford M, Caulton J M.  Systematic review of progressive strength training in children and adolescents with cerebral palsy who are ambulatory. Pediatric Physical Therapy 2008; 20 (4): 318-333. [PubMed: 19011522]

Abstract

PURPOSE: To capture and analyze the evidence concerning the effects of progressive strength training on function and gait in children and adolescents with cerebral palsy (CP) who are ambulatory.

METHOD: A language-inclusive search was conducted for controlled or noncontrolled studies of strength training for subjects with CP who were ambulatory and aged 4 to 20 years, using objective outcome measures. Quality was assessed with the Maastricht-Amsterdam List. Data were extracted and analyzed.

RESULTS: The 13 included articles favored treatment without significant adverse effects. Function and gait improved more following isotonic rather than isokinetic training, and in younger rather than older subjects.

CONCLUSIONS: Function and gait improvements were greater in preadolescents.

CRD has determined that this article meets the DARE scientific quality criteria for a systematic review.

Copyright © 2014 University of York.

PMID: 19011522

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