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Objective: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect on spasticity, muscle strength and motor performance after 8 weeks of whole-body vibration training compared with resistance training in adults with cerebral palsy. Methods: Fourteen persons with spastic diplegia (21–41 years) were randomized to intervention with either whole-body vibration training ( n =7) or resistance training ( n =7). Pre- and post-training measures of spasticity using the modified Ashworth scale, muscle strength using isokinetic dynamometry, walking ability using Six-Minute Walk Test, balance using Timed Up and Go test and gross motor performance using Gross Motor Function Measure were performed. Results: Spasticity decreased in knee extensors in the whole-body vibration group. Muscle strength increased in the resistance training group at the velocity 30°/s and in both groups at 90°/s. Six-Minute Walk Test and Timed Up and Go test did not change significantly. Gross Motor Function Measure increased in the whole-body vibration group. Conclusion: These data suggest that an 8-week intervention of whole-body vibration training or resistance training can increase muscle strength, without negative effect on spasticity, in adults with cerebral palsy.
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Keywords: adults; cerebral palsy; exercise; spasticity; strength training; vibration

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: From the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Stockholm, Danderyd University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden 2: Department of Neurotec, Division of Physiotherapy, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden

Publication date: September 1, 2006

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