A case study of the effect of cardiovascular training on cerebral palsy

Jéssica Silva Teixeira, Luiza Mayara Lima de Jesus Santos, Nayhara Lemos dos Santos, Carla Cristine Cunha Casali, Carolina Marques Carvalho Mitre Chaves

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Introduction: Cerebral palsy (CP) is a non-progressive disorder characterized by changes in muscle tone and voluntary movement, leading to adaptive changes in muscle length and in some cases, resulting in bone deformities and increased energy expenditure while performing activities of daily living. Objective: The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of cardiovascular training by an adult with athetoid CP. Methods: The sample was composed of one patient with athetoid CP. The instruments used were the timed ten-meter walk test; the SF-36 quality of life questionnaire, a six-minute walk test and the Timed Up and Go test. Using an exercise bike and resistance exercises for the upper limbs, the patient underwent 24 sessions lasting fifty minutes each during eight weeks. Results: In all tests, significant improvement was observed at four and eight weeks, especially in the first four, and progressed in the following four weeks. In the post-training period, improvement was observed when compared to pre-training values. The SF-36 questionnaire on quality of life showed increase in some areas and decrease in others. Conclusion: Patients with CP can benefit from a physical training program, which can improve their quality of life and be included in their rehabilitation protocol.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/1980-5918.029.004.AO07

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