Strength training can be enjoyable and beneficial for adults with cerebral palsy

Allen, Jenni, Dodd, Karen J, Taylor, Nicholas F, McBurney, Helen and Larkin, Helen 2004, Strength training can be enjoyable and beneficial for adults with cerebral palsy, Disability and rehabilitation, vol. 26, no. 19, pp. 1121-1127.


Title Strength training can be enjoyable and beneficial for adults with cerebral palsy
Author(s) Allen, Jenni
Dodd, Karen J
Taylor, Nicholas F
McBurney, Helen
Larkin, Helen
Journal name Disability and rehabilitation
Volume number 26
Issue number 19
Start page 1121
End page 1127
Total pages 7
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2004-10
ISSN 0963-8288
1464-5165
Keyword(s) rehabilitation medicine
Summary Purpose: To explore the positive and negative perceptions of participating in a strength- training programme for adults with cerebral palsy.

Method: Ten adults aged over 40 years with cerebral palsy participated in a group-based 10-week progressive resistance strength-training programme in a community gymnasium. After the programme, each participant was interviewed using an in-depth semi-structured format and the results coded thematically.

Results: Participants perceived that their strength, and ability to perform everyday activities had improved. However, the main benefit for participants was enjoyment and social interaction. The only negative perceptions related to fatigue, short-term muscle soreness and a feeling that they had not improved as much as they had expected.

Conclusions: Enjoyment, a factor that can promote adherence and sustainability, was a key benefit of this strength-training programme for adults with cerebral palsy that led to perceptions of increased strength and physical functioning. These findings suggest that exercise programmes for adults with cerebral palsy should be conducted in a group in the community, thereby promoting community inclusion. In addition, it is important to provide education to participants about the normal responses and expectations of an exercise programme.
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
Copyright notice ©2004, Taylor & Francis Ltd
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