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The SPELL Study

Stretching programme for ambulant children with cerebral palsy.

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Cerebral palsy is caused around the time of birth when babies suffer brain injury from lack of oxygen in the brain. As they grow during their early years, children with cerebral palsy often develop stiff muscles. They often have difficulty walking and moving and that makes it difficult for them to join in many different activities.

Physiotherapy becomes a big part of their lives and aims to train their muscles, stop them from becoming stiff and help children participate in activities. It is possible that a programme of exercises to stretch their leg muscles could prevent stiffness and help them remain more active. We are not certain that children with CP truly benefit from the time and effort they dedicate to doing these exercises. We are also not sure if this exercise might cause them too much discomfort and muscle soreness to be able to carry it out long-term.

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University of Oxford
Botnar Research Centre
Windmill Road
Oxford OX3 7LD

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The SPELL Study is funded by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (Funder Reference:
NIHR135131). The views expressed are those of the authors and are not intended to be representative of the views of the funder, sponsor or other participating organisations.

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