Evaluation of lower body positive pressure supported treadmill training for children with cerebral palsy

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Purpose: To examine the feasibility of using lower body positive pressure supported (LBPPS) treadmill training to improve the walking abilities, balance and lower extremity strength of children with cerebral palsy (CP). Methods: Nine children with CP (GMFCS II-IV) participated in LBPPS treadmill training 2 days per week for 6 weeks. Pre and post training measures of preferred walking speed, spatiotemporal kinematics, lower extremity strength, and the BESTest were used to assess potential improvements from LBPPS treadmill training. Results: LBPPS treadmill training resulted in significantly faster walking speed, less time in double support, improved overall balance, and strength of the lower extremity antigravity musculature. Conclusions: It is feasible to use LBPPS treadmill training to improve the walking performance, balance, and strength of children with CP.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)232-239
Number of pages8
JournalPediatric Physical Therapy
Volume23
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2011

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Cerebral Palsy
Pressure
Lower Extremity
Walking
Biomechanical Phenomena
Walking Speed

Keywords

  • balance
  • biomechanics
  • body weight support
  • cerebral palsy
  • child
  • gait
  • gait training
  • locomotion
  • physical therapy
  • strength training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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