Muscle Pattern In Children With Spastic Cerebral Palsy Case Study

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In the article “Muscle strength and kinetic gait pattern in children with bilateral spastic Cerebral Palsy (CP),” the study being presented asks “Is there a relation between muscle strength and kinetic gait pattern in children with bilateral spastic CP?” (Eek, M. N et al. 2009, p. 333). Because abnormal gait pattern is typically associated in people with CP, the authors wanted to test their hypothesis using three different methods (muscle strength, kinetic gait parameters, and muscle strength and gait kinetics.) Participants were recruited and identified from medical records from the gait laboratory in Gothenburg, Sweden as well as surrounding habilitation centers (Eek, M. N et al. 2009, p. 334). A total of 40 participants were used, 20…show more content…
(Eek, M. N et al. 2009, p. 334.) Critique: The authors (Eek, M. N et al. 2009) did adequately demonstrate the need/gap in previous research for this study. (Rosenbaum et al. 2003, p.333) described a plateau in motor development around the age of seven and also deterioration in walking ability through adolescence. (Desloovere et al. 2006, p.333) reported measurements of strength to have a higher correlation with gait analysis than range of motion and spasticity. This meant that the muscle strength may have a greater influence on the gait pattern according to Desloovere. (Abel, M. F et al. 1996, p. 333) found that slow walking velocity with short stride length is common in CP children. The authors filled the gap by focusing on muscle strength and kinetic gait patterns. To fill the gap the authors needed to do more testing in plantar flexors in children with CP. The research being questioned is of theoretical significance. A hetrarchical model is being used by having participants walk on a path which uses synergies and coordination and interacting systems in the theory of motor control. The authors have designed a good study by filling the gap in previous studies. The number of participants in this study allows for more accurate data. In total 40 participants were tested. 20 bilateral spastic CP children as well as 20 typical children. None of the participants were excluded from the study. All participants could perform the full muscle
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