Wheel-assisted running training in children with cerebral palsy: A controlled clinical trial

Y. Hutzler*, R. Levin, E. Carmeli, Z. Yizhar

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The purpose was to evaluate the effects of adding a wheel assisted running training (WART) to conventional mixed physical activity training (CT) program on function, and walking in children with cerebral palsy (CP). Method: Thirty children with CP, GMFCS 2-4 were assigned to either WART or CT groups (15 in each group). Energy Expenditure Index (EEI), the Gross Motor Function Measure 66 (GMFM), and walking velocity using the 10-meter test were administered by a trained physical therapist. The intervention period was six months, with tone to two sessions per week. Results: No significant group and time differences were found, except for cadence, which was lower in the CT group Post test. Conclusion: Both types of intervention appear to conserve and buffer the trend of decreased motor performance and efficiency often observed in children with CP without training intervention.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRehabilitation
Subtitle of host publicationMobility, Exercise and Sports. 4th International State-of-theArt Congress
EditorsL.H.V. van der Woude, S. de Groot, F.J. Hettinga, F. Hoekstra, K.E. Bijker, T.W.J. Janssen, J.H.P. Houdijk, R. Dekker, P.C.T. van Aanholt
Number of pages3
StatePublished - 2010

Publication series

NameAssistive Technology Research Series
ISSN (Print)1383-813X
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8071


  • cerebral palsy
  • walking
  • wheel-assisted running


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