Cerebral palsy study needs volunteers

School of Medicine researchers are seeking children with cerebral palsy for a study examining the effectiveness of strengthening exercises as a substitute for ankle surgery.

Children ages 6-18 who have cerebral palsy and walk on their toes but do not have severe motor or cognitive deficits may be eligible.

Participants will be randomly assigned to either no strength training or to one of three 12-week strength-training programs.

Volunteers will receive weekly assessments of range of motion and spasticity to ensure they don’t develop spasms or tightness during the study. All tests and therapy are free, and participants will be compensated for testing sessions that occur before and after the strength-training program.

For more information, call Sandy Ross at 286-1593.

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