The Effects Of Exercise Training On Functional Performance

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Effects of Combined Exercise Training on Functional Performance in Children with Cerebral Palsy: A Randomized Controlled Study Spring 2017 EPR 214-QL Professional Reflection Brandon England The University of Alabama at Birmingham PROCEDURAL SUMMARY My Professional Reflection summarizes the procedures and statistics used in a randomized controlled study on the Effects of Combined Exercise Training on Functional Performance in Children with Cerebral Palsy. This study was published in January 2017 in Volume 29 of Pediatric Physical Therapy, the official journal of the Section on Pediatrics of the American Physical Therapy Association and the first and only peer-reviewed journal devoted to the pediatric specialty. The purpose of this study was…show more content…
The study’s aim was to investigate the effect of a combined strength and endurance exercise program on walking ability, lower limb strength, balance, and flexibility in children with cerebral palsy. The exercise participants trained after school classes. The exercise group participants went through a combined strength and endurance training program which was constructed by a group of pediatric physical therapists for 70 minutes a day, 3 days a week, for 8 weeks, while the control group did not participate in the exercise program. After the 8 week training period was over, a 6-minute walk, 30-second sit-to-stand, 10-minute walk, and Functional Reach Test was conducted on both the control and exercise group. The participants in the exercise group showed a significant improvement over their base values at the beginning of the study and scored significantly higher than the participants in the control group. From the results, the researchers concluded that a combined exercise training program improved the walking ability, functional lower limb strength, and balance in children with cerebral palsy. STATISTICAL SUMMARY A randomized controlled trial was conducted at a special education school for children with disabilities. Participants with cerebral palsy were randomly allocated into an exercise group and a control group by computer. The children were stratified by age, sex, and their Gross Motor Function Classification System
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