A $2.7 million research grant has been awarded to help with a five-year trial to see if “short-burst” treadmill training can help children with CP. Cerebral Palsy News Today reported on the grant and the study.
Treadmill training is used to help teach children with CP to walk better by improving their motor control. The study wants to compare the effects of two kinds of treadmill training: traditional training and short bursts of intense training.
The short-burst training involves walking 30 seconds at high speed and 30 seconds at a lower speed for 30 minutes. Traditional walkers will walk at the same rate for 30 minutes. Both groups will be allowed to rest as needed.
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Short-burst training is meant to mimic how children usually act when they’re developing. They will have short bursts of energy and then low levels of activity throughout the day. Researchers want to find out if following this protocol will improve walking capacity, mobility, and performance for the children both short-term and long-term.
The researchers hope to enroll 72 children between the ages of 6 and 10. Details on how to enroll can be found at the link above.
We hope that the results of this study bear good fruit. Cerebral palsy has no cure, so anything that can be done to improve the symptoms is something that should be investigated.