Adolescents with Cerebral Palsy and Exercise Levels
Posted Jul 13 2010 2:38am
According to the Summer issue of Pediatric Physical Therapy only 9.4% of adolescents with cerebral palsy (126 males and 104 females) studied participate in weekly levels of moderate physical activity. The percentage was 11.4% of the sample participated in weekly levels of vigorous physical activity. Gross Motor Function Classification System Levels did have a significant effect on light to moderate exercise. Females stretched more than males.
The researchers recommended that pediatric physical therapists need to encourage exercise programs for adolescents with cerebral palsy.
Reference: Brunton, Laura K. BKin, MSc; Bartlett, Doreen J. PT, PhD Description of Exercise Participation of Adolescents With Cerebral Palsy Across a 4-Year Period Pediatric Physical Therapy: Summer 2010 - Volume 22 - Issue 2 - pp 180-187 doi: 10.1097/PEP.0b013e3181db8aaa