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Taking part

This page explains the SPELL Study for people who might be interested in joining.

general information

We have developed a new exercise programme to stretch the leg muscles in children with CP. We have tried to make the exercise programme interesting and fun so that children will be happy to follow it for a long time.

The aim of this study is to assess if a specific exercise programme to stretch the muscles of children with cerebral palsy is better at improving walking and their ability to carry out daily activities, compared to usual physiotherapy treatment.

Participant Information

If you are considering taking part in the SPELL study, please follow the link below to open the SPELL Participant Information Tool. Here you can view the key information needed to decide whether to take part.

Information about the study

Study design

Two-group, pragmatic, superiority, parallel group, multicentre randomised controlled trial with an imbedded internal pilot.


Planned trial period is 44 months. Recruitment is expected to last for 20 months.


Dynamic stretching exercise programme: Participants receive an individually tailored dynamic stretching programme overseen by a physiotherapist via 6 one-to-one sessions over 16 weeks.

Target population

Children aged 4-11 years with a diagnosis of spastic CP (bilateral or unilateral) (8) GMFCS levels I III who are able to comply with assessment procedures and exercise programme with or without support by their carer.

Outcome measures

Functional mobility at 6 months measured using the patient/parent reported GOAL (Gait Outcomes Assessment List) questionnaire

Study funder and sponsor

The trial is funded by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Health Technology Assessment (HTA) programme. The sponsor is University of Oxford, Research Governance, Ethics & Assurance Team (RGEA).

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

[email protected]

01865 737210

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.

The information contained in this website is for general information about the SPELL Study and is provided by the University of Oxford (Surgical Intervention Trials Unit).

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