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Dev Neurorehabil. 2016;19(2):135-40. doi: 10.3109/17518423.2014.923056. Epub 2014 Jun 20.

An innovative cycling exergame to promote cardiovascular fitness in youth with cerebral palsy.

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1
a Bloorview Research Institute, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital , Toronto , Ontario , Canada and.
2
b School of Computing, Queen's University , Kingston , Ontario , Canada.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate the effects of an internet-platform exergame cycling programme on cardiovascular fitness of youth with cerebral palsy (CP).

METHODS:

In this pilot prospective case series, eight youth with bilateral spastic CP, Gross Motor Functional Classification System (GMFCS) level III, completed a six-week exergame programme. Outcomes were obtained at baseline and post-intervention. The primary outcome measure was the GMFCS III-specific shuttle run test (SRT-III). Secondary outcomes included health-related quality of life (HQL) as measured by the KIDSCREEN-52 questionnaire, six-minute walk test, Wingate arm cranking test and anthropomorphic measurements.

RESULTS:

There were significant improvements in the SRT-III (t = -2.5, p = 0.04, d = 0.88) post-intervention. There were no significant changes in secondary outcomes.

CONCLUSION:

An exergame cycling programme may lead to improvement in cardiovascular fitness in youth with CP. This study was limited by small sample size and lack of a comparison group. Future research is warranted.

KEYWORDS:

Cardiovascular fitness; cerebral palsy; health-related quality of life; interactive computer play; virtual reality

PMID:
24950349
DOI:
10.3109/17518423.2014.923056
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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