Evaluating role of training to help young people with cerebral palsy

Photo: Cherry Kilbride and Jennifer Ryan

Dr Cherry Kilbride and Dr Jennifer Ryan will lead the research; © Brunel University

Academics from Brunel University's physiotherapy and biomechanics departments have been awarded £250,000 to lead research into resistance training in young people with cerebral palsy.

Dr Jennifer Ryan, Dr Thomas Korff, Dr Cherry Kilbride and Professor Bill Baltzopoulos received the award from Action Medical Research for Children and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Charitable Trust. It will be used for a three-year study to evaluate how feasible and effective resistance training is for youngsters with the condition.

Dr Jennifer Ryan will lead the study, which will include a randomised controlled trial of 60 young people between the ages of 12 and 19. Dr Adam Shortland, a consultant clinical scientist from Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, and Wendy Levin, a physiotherapist at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, are also on the team that received the award.

The project will look to involve adolescents with cerebral palsy from across London. Anyone who might be interested should contact Dr Ryan on Jennifer.ryan@brunel.ac.uk.

REHACARE.de; Source: Brunel University

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