Adults with cerebral palsy benefit from participating in a strength training programme at a community gymnasium

Taylor, Nicholas, Dodd, Karen and Larkin, Helen 2004, Adults with cerebral palsy benefit from participating in a strength training programme at a community gymnasium, Disability and rehabilitation, vol. 26, no. 19, pp. 1128-1134.


Title Adults with cerebral palsy benefit from participating in a strength training programme at a community gymnasium
Author(s) Taylor, Nicholas
Dodd, Karen
Larkin, Helen
Journal name Disability and rehabilitation
Volume number 26
Issue number 19
Start page 1128
End page 1134
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2004
ISSN 0963-8288
1464-5165
Summary Purpose : This study examined whether a community-based progressive resistance strength training programme could improve muscle strength and functional activity in a group of adults with cerebral palsy with high support needs.

Method : Using a single group pre-post clinical design, 10 adults (7 males, 3 females; mean age 47.8 SD 5.7 years) with cerebral palsy and high support needs completed 4 weeks of introduction and familiarization, followed by a 10-week progressive resistance strength training programme in a community gymnasium. Participants were measured for muscle strength, locomotion speed and timed sit-to-stand.

Results : After establishment of a stable baseline from weeks 2 to 5 with no systematic change and a high degree of association ( r  > 0.86), participants increased leg strength by 22.0% ( p  = 0.02), arm strength by 17.2% ( p  = 0.01) and improved performance of sit-to-stand ( p  = 0.02) during the 10-week strength training intervention.

Conclusions : This study adds to the accumulating evidence that strength training can be beneficial for people with cerebral palsy by demonstrating benefits for adults with cerebral palsy and high support needs who are subject to decline in physical function associated with the ageing process.
Language eng
Field of Research 111708 Health and Community Services
Socio Economic Objective 920201 Allied Health Therapies (excl. Mental Health Services)
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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