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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 24  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 79-84

Immediate effect of maximal treadmill walking on muscle fatigue and postural stability in children with cerebral palsy


1 Department of Physical Therapy for Pediatrics, Faculty of Physical Therapy, Cairo University, Giza, Egypt
2 Department of Physical Therapy, Fevers Hospital, Benha, Qalyubia, Egypt

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PhD Walaa A. Abd El-Nabie
7 Ahmed E lzayat Street, Doky, Giza, 12613
Egypt
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/bfpt.bfpt_26_18

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Aim Postural instability and muscle fatigue are from elementary causes of deteriorations in children with cerebral palsy (CP). The aim of this study was to investigate the immediate effect of maximal treadmill walking on muscle fatigue and postural stability in children with hemiplegic CP. Patients and methods Thirty (17 boys and 13 girls) children with hemiplegic CP of both sexes, aged from 5 to 11 years, participated in this study. Muscle fatigue and postural stability were assessed for every child by using isokinetic dynamometer and pediatric reaching test, respectively, before and after maximal treadmill walking at two separated sessions. Results The results showed that there were no significant differences in fatigue index (P=0.33 and 0.1), peak torque of quadriceps and hamstring muscles (P=0.52 and 0.14), and anterior and lateral reaching tests of postural stability (P=0.46 and 0.63) before and after maximal treadmill walking. Conclusion Maximal treadmill walking does not cause muscle fatigue or postural instability in children with hemiplegic CP.


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