EXECP-project

Effects of a tailored exercise therapy intervention on physical capacity and function, neuromuscular mechanisms and cardiometabolic risk factors of children and young adults with cerebral palsy

PI: Taija Juutinen Finni                                                                                                           SUOMEKSI

Researchers: Janne Avela, Tiina Parviainen, Harri Piitulainen, Auli Teittinen, Reija Alen, Taru Lintunen, Eero Haapala, Ph.D. student Pedro Valadao

Cerebral palsy (CP) is a term for a number of conditions that affect movement and co-ordination due to abnormal development of the brain or damage caused before, during or after birth. CP leads to a range of symptoms, including muscle stiffness or weakness, random and uncontrolled body movements and balance and coordination problems. EXECP-project examines the effects of an individualised exercise programme on gait performance, muscle strength, neuromuscular characteristics such as corticospinal excitability, proprioceptive processing, joint range of motion, daily physical activity level and cardiometabolic risk factors. (http://www.isrctn.com/ISRCTN69044459)

Publications:

Pedro Valadao; Harri Piitulainen; Eero Haapala; Tiina Parviainen; Janne Avela; Taija Finni (2021) Exercise intervention protocol in children and young adults with cerebral palsy: the effects of strength, flexibility and gait training on physical performance, neuromuscular mechanisms and cardiometabolic risk factors (EXECP.) BMC Sports Science, Medicine and Rehabilitation. Feb 26; 13(1):17.