Inactive lifestyle in adults with bilateral spastic cerebral palsy

Channah Nieuwenhuijsen, Wilma van der Slot, A van Beelen, JH Arendzen, Marij Roebroeck, Henk Stam, Rita Van den Berg - Emons

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Objective:To quantify the level of everyday physical activity in adults with bilateral spastic cerebral palsy, and to study associations with personal and cerebral palsy-related characteristics. Participants and methods: Fifty-six adults with bilateral spastic cerebral palsy (mean age 36.4 (standard deviation (SD) 5.8) years, 62%, male) participated in the study. Approximately 75%, had high gross motor functioning. Level of everyday physical activity was measured with an accelerometry-based Activity Monitor and was characterized by: (i) duration of dynamic activities (composite measure, percentage of 24 h); (ii) intensity of activity (motility, in gravitational acceleration (g)), and (iii) number of periods of continuous dynamic activity. Outcomes in adults with cerebral palsy were compared with those for able-bodied age-mates. Results: Duration of dynamic activities was 8.1 (SD 3.7) %. (116 min per day), and intensity of activity was 0.020 (SD 0.007) g; both outcomes were significantly lower compared with able-bodied age-mates. Of adults with cerebral palsy, 39%. had at least one period of continuous dynamic activities lasting longer than 10 min per day. Gross motor functioning was significantly associated with level of everyday physical activity (Rs -0.34 to -0.48; p <= 0.01). Conclusion: Adults with bilateral spastic cerebral palsy, especially those with low-level gross motor functioning, a re at risk for an inactive lifestyle.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)375-381
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Rehabilitation Medicine
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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