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Int J Dev Neurosci. 2019 Dec;79:54-64. doi: 10.1016/j.ijdevneu.2019.10.008. Epub 2019 Nov 10.

Effects of dual tasking on postural and gait performances in children with cerebral palsy and healthy children.

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Univ. Grenoble Alpes, CNRS, TIMC-IMAG, F-38000, Grenoble, France. Electronic address:
Univ. Paris Est Creteil, LIRTES, 94009, Creteil cedex, France.
Department of Physical Medicine and Readaptation, University Hospital Grenoble-Alpes, University Grenoble-Alpes, France.
Univ. Grenoble Alpes, CNRS, TIMC-IMAG, F-38000, Grenoble, France.


Simultaneous execution of motor and cognitive tasks is embedded in the daily life of children. 53 children of 7-12 years and 22 adults (study 1), 20 healthy children and 20 children of 7-12 years with cerebral palsy (study 2) performed a Stroop-animal task simultaneously with a standing or a walking task in order to determine the attentional demand of postural control and locomotion. Dual-task cost decreased with advancing age in healthy children during balance. CP and healthy children were similarly affected by dual-task constraints during standing and walking. Children with diplegia were more affected by the DT during the postural task than children with hemiplegia. We found that adults could benefit from dual-tasking for standing. The integrated model of task prioritization might explain our results regarding postural reserve of each population.


Cerebral palsy; Children; Dual-tasking; Gait; Posture; Stroop

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