Does muscle size matter? the relationship between muscle size and strength in children with cerebral palsy

Siobhan Reid, Christian Pitcher, Sian Williams, Melissa Licari, Jane Valentine, P.J. Shipman, Catherine Elliott

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    Abstract

    © 2014 Informa UK Ltd. All rights reserved. Purpose: To investigate the muscle size-strength relationship of the knee flexors and extensors in children with spastic cerebral palsy (CP) in relation to typically developing children (TD). Methods: Eighteen children with spastic Diplegia, Gross Motor Function Classification System I-III (mean 7y 5mo SD 1y 7mo) and 19 TD children (mean 7y 6mo SD 1y 9mo) participated. Muscle volume (MV) and anatomical cross-sectional area (aCSA) were assessed using MRI. Measures of peak torque (PT) and work of the knee flexors and extensors were assessed isometrically and isokinetically using a Biodex dynamometer, and normalised to bodymass (Bm). Results: Children with CP were weaker than their TD peers across all torque variables (p
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)579-584
    JournalDisability and Rehabilitation
    Volume37
    Issue number7
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

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