A new study reveals that while intensive physical therapy does bring improvement in the therapy room, it does not mean that motor performance in daily life will be improved. Cerebral Palsy News Today reported on the study.
The researchers wanted to look at the differences between capacity, someone’s ability to do something, and performance, how they use that ability outside of the therapy room. You can compare it to the difference in lifting weights in a gym and moving furniture at home.
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It is assumed that increased capacity will lead to an increase in performance. However, this assumption was put to the test and found wrong. They measured children with CP just after completing physical therapy using standard capacity measures, then measured their performance at 12 weeks and 24 weeks to see if the changes held over time.
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While no changes were found at 12 weeks, there were significant differences at 24 weeks. Children with CP who were sedentary had lower performance. The researchers say that children with CP need to find opportunities to use their increased capacity to maintain the performance gains they achieved through intervention.
The full details of the study can be found in the link to the journal Child found in the link above.