Active exercise interventions improve gross motor function of ambulant/semi-ambulant children with cerebral palsy: A systematic review

Georgina Clutterbuck, Megan Auld, Leanne Johnston

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AbstractPurpose: Evaluate effectiveness of active exercise interventions for improving gross motor activity/participation of school-aged, ambulant/semi-ambulant children with cerebral palsy (CP).Method: A systematic review was conducted following PRISMA guidelines. Five databases were searched for papers including school-aged children with CP, participating in active, exercise interventions with gross motor outcomes measured at the Activity/Participation level. Interventions with previous systematic reviews were excluded (e.g. hippotherapy). Evidence Level and conduct were examined by two raters.Results: Seven interventions (34 studies) met criteria. All studies reported on gross motor function, however, a limited number investigated participation outcomes. Strong positive evidence was available for Gross Motor Activity Training (n= 6, Evidence Level II–IV), and Gross Motor Activity Training with progressive resistance exercise plus additional physiotherapy (n = 3, all Evidence Level II). Moderate positiv...
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1131-1151
Number of pages21
JournalDisability and Rehabilitation
Issue number10
Early online date05 Jan 2018
Publication statusPublished - 08 May 2019


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