14 October 2016
Strength Training for Adolescents with cerebral palsy (STAR): study protocol of a randomised controlled trial to determine the feasibility, acceptability and efficacy of resistance training for adolescents with cerebral palsy
A paper published in the British Medical Journal introduces purposes and methodology of a new clinical trial on gait inefficiencies on cerebral palsy adolescents that will be using COSMED wearable metabolic technology.
A multicentre randomised controlled trial with a parallel process evaluation is going to be sponsored by Burnel University London. The aim of the Strength Training for Adolescents with cerebral palsy (STAR) trial is to evaluate the effect of resistance training on gait efficiency, activity and participation in adolescents with cerebral palsy.
The primary purpose is to determine the biomechanical and neural adaptations that occur following resistance training and evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of such an intervention for adolescents with cerebral palsy.
Oxygen consumption will be recorded using a portable metabolic system (COSMED K5) during a 10 min rest period in a semirecumbent position and during 6 min of overground walking at a self-selected speed. Participants’ average walking speed will be measured in 1 min intervals.
The article details are the following:
- Title: "Strength Training for Adolescents with cerebral palsy (STAR): study protocol of a randomised controlled trial to determine the feasibility, acceptability and efficacy of resistance training for adolescents with cerebral palsy "
- Authors: Jennifer M Ryan, Nicola Theis, Cherry Kilbride, Vasilios Baltzopoulos, Charlie Waugh, Adam Shortland, Grace Lavelle, Marika Noorkoiv, Wendy Levin, Thomas Korff
- Published in: BMJ Open 2016;6:e012839
The study can be accessed freely at the following link: click here
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