The purpose of this study is to investigate the effects of a functional gait training in children and adolescents with Cerebral Palsy to improve walking adaptability. In addition, we want to investigate who will benefit most from the training.

Many children and adolescents with Cerebral Palsy have little problems with walking, but they often have difficulty keeping up with peers during daily activities and play at home, at school or in sports. To be able to participate, it is important to quickly adapt your gait to changes in the environment.

30 children and adolescents from 6 to 17 years old with Cerebral Palsy (GMFCS levels I or II) will participate in a training on the C-mill. To determine the effect of the training, gait and walking adaptability will be evaluated before and after the training period. The study will start in September 2019 and will last until March 2021.

Our project team:

  • Prof. Dr. Ria Nijhuis – van der Sanden, Radboudumc
  • Vivian Weerdesteyn, PhD, Radboudumc
  • Brenda Groen, PhD, Sint Maartenskliniek
  • Ellen Smulders, PhD, Radboudumc
  • Rosanne Kuijpers, Msc, Sint Maartenskliniek

Within the project we cooperate with:

  • Pauline Aarts, PhD, researcher and head of the unit pediatric rehabilitation
  • Prof. Dr. Bouwien Smits-Engelsman, University of Cape Town
  • Pediatric physical therapists of the Sint Maartenskliniek, Rehabilitation department