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Dev Neurorehabil. 2013 Oct;16(5):308-14. doi: 10.3109/17518423.2012.731085. Epub 2013 Apr 25.

Functional strength training in child with cerebral palsy GMFCS IV: case report.

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Department of Physiotherapy, Neuropediatrics Section, Universidade Federal de São Carlos , São Carlos, SP , Brazil.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate the effectiveness of a functional strength training.

CASE REPORT:

A nine-year-old child with Cerebral Palsy (CP) classified as level IV according to Gross Motor Function Classification System participated in the study. Assessments were at baseline, five weeks and 10 weeks post-intervention. Lower-extremity muscles strength was evaluated with an isokinetic dynamometer. Also, Gross Motor Function Measure (GMFM-88) and Timed up & Go (TUG) tests were assessed. A functional strength training protocol, four sessions a week, for 10 weeks was applied.

RESULTS:

Following functional strength training, it improvements were found in hip, knee and ankle muscles strength, as well as increase in GMFM-88 score and decrease in time for TUG test performance. Positives outcomes from functional strength training were obtained beyond improvements in strength, since improvements in functional motor performance were also achieved.

CONCLUSION:

Therefore, individualized, specific and functional strength training seems to be an alternative to rehabilitation of children with CP with high level of functional disability.

PMID:
23617884
DOI:
10.3109/17518423.2012.731085
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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