Effects of a combined strength, flexibility and gait training intervention on physical capacity and function, neuromuscular and brain mechanisms and cardiometabolic risk factors in children and young adults with cerebral palsy

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Funder's project numberPHD00321

Funds granted by main funder (€)

  • 11 980,56

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Project timetable

Project start date01/01/2022

Project end date30/06/2022


Individuals with cerebral palsy (CP) have problems in everyday tasks such as walking and climbing stairs due to a combination of neuromuscular impairments such as spasticity, muscle weakness, reduced joint flexibility and poor motor coordination. Although the brain lesion is nonprogressive in CP, muscle strength and joint range of motion further worsen with time, increasing sedentarism and creating a cycle of inactivity and loss of function. Thus, therapeutic interventions to reduce these secondary problems and maintain function have a key role to enable independent mobility of people with CP and support their lifelong health and wellbeing.

Our aim is to investigate the efficacy of an individually tailored exercise intervention (EXECP) for children and young adults with CP. The EXECP intervention combines strength training for the lower limbs and trunk muscles, flexibility training for identified short lower limb muscles and gait training on a treadmill. Thus, the uniqueness of the intervention is the combination of different training methods to address specific impairments, aiming to optimize functional improvement. Participants with CP will be tested twice before the intervention and twice after the intervention, with all tests spaced by 3 months. This will allow us to understand the effects of natural aging and of the intervention separately. Furthermore, the tests after the intervention will provide important information about how
the adaptations are maintained after the intervention ceases. The project will advance our understanding about CP, which is greatly needed to create better interventions to increase their quality of life.

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