Effects of lower limb strength training on gross motor functions in children with cerebral palsy


  • Vidhi S. Shah Department of Physiotherapy, Dr. D. Y. Patil College of Physiotherapy, Dr. D. Y. Patil Vidyapeeth Pune, Maharashtra, India
  • Shahnaz Shaikh Physical Therapist, Physiocare, Pune, Maharashtra, India
  • Varun Udani Senior Analyst, Eclerx Ltd., Pune, Maharashtra, India
  • Shilpa Khandare Department of Physiotherapy, Dr. D. Y. Patil College of Physiotherapy, Dr. D. Y. Patil Vidyapeeth Pune, Maharashtra, India
  • Abhi Modi Medical Officer, Vedanta Ltd., Gujarat, India




Cerebral palsy, GMFM, Strength training, Theraband


Background: In cerebral palsy children muscular performance may be compromised by deleterious, changes in muscle tissue properties and co-activation of antagonist muscle strength. Resistance training has become an increasingly common intervention aiming to improve function by increasing muscular strength. So, the objective of the study was to evaluate the effect of strength training with Theraband on functional activities of cerebral palsy children by using Gross motor functional measurement (GMFM) scale.

Methods: The experimental study was done on 12 cerebral palsy children who fit under study criteria. The strength training was given 3 times in a week for 6 weeks by using Theraband as resistance training.

Results: The results of the present study show significant difference (P <0.005) in pre and post score of GMFM component D and E after strength training. Also, there is 9.49% improvement in GMFM component ‘D’ and 6.39% improvement in component ‘E’ post treatment.

Conclusions: There is an improvement in gross motor function in particular standing, walking, running and jumping after 6 weeks of functional strength training program in children with cerebral palsy.


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