Exercise Testing in Children with Cerebral Palsy
Leunkeu AN1*, Shephard RJ2 and Ahmaidi S1
1Research Laboratory, “Adaptations Physiologiques à l’Exercice et Readaptation à l’Effort", Faculty of Sciences and Sport, University of Picardie Jules Verne, France
2Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education, University of Toronto, Canada
*Corresponding Author: Leunkeu AN, Research Laboratory, “Adaptations Physiologiques à l’Exercice et Readaptation à l’Effort", Faculty of Sciences and Sport, University of Picardie Jules Verne, France.
April 22, 2021; Published: June 15, 2021
Objective: The aim of this study is to examine if cardiorespiratory requirements assess during the 6-minute walking test (6WT) and the cardiopulmonary exercise test (CPET) before and after training are the same in children with cerebral palsy (CP).
Methods: Twenty-four children with CP (16 boys and 8 girls, with the mean age of 14.2 ± 2 years (10 to 16 years) classified at gross Motor Function Classification System level I and II were recruited from a school for special education in France. Participants were divided in two groups of twelve children matched for age, weight, height, sex, type of cerebral palsy and growth motor function classification system (GMFSC). One group (n = 12) underwent CPET before and after the 8-week training programme twice per week for 30 minutes (+5min of warm up and 5 minutes of rest), and another group (n = 12) assigned the 6WT before and after the 8-week training programme twice per week for 30 minutes.
Results: Cardiorespiratory data did not differ between the CPET and the 6WT before training (VO2 Peak: p = 0.86; VE Peak: p = 0.87 and HR Peak: p = 0.41) and after training (p = 0,41, p = 0,26 et p = 0,65) respectively.
Conclusion: These findings demonstrate that cardiorespiratory responses obtained during the 6WT and the CPET before and after training did no differ in children with cerebral palsy.
Keywords: Children with CP; Cardiopulmonary Exercise Test; 6WT; Exercise Training
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