Postural control in children with cerebral palsy

The study

Previous research showed that children with CP:

  • have difficulties in stabilizing their head in space
  • are less able to flexibly adapt trunk posture to the specifics of the condition.
  • generally are able to recruit basic programs of postural muscle activity ('direction specificity'), but have deficits in the fine tuning of muscle activity to the specifics of the condition.


Current research

- Adaptive seating systems for children with cerebral palsy.
- Therapist designed adaptive riding in children with cerebral palsy.

Collaborators

Mattana Angsupaisal, PT, MSc
Developmental Neurology

Linze Dijkstra, BSc
Developmental Neurology

Mijna Hadders-Algra, MD, PhD
Developmental neurology

Karel G.B. Maathuis, MD, PhD
Centre for Rehabilitation, UMCG

Key publications

  • Hadders-Algra M, Brogren E, Katz-Salamon M, Forssberg H. Periventricular leukomalacia and preterm birth have a different detrimental effect on postural adjustments. Brain 1999; 122: 727-40.
  • Brogren E, Forssberg H, Hadders-Algra M. The influence of two different sitting positions on postural adjustments in children with spastic diplegia. Dev Med Child Neurol 2001; 43: 534-46.
  • Van der Heide JC, Begeer C, Fock A, Otten B, EF Stremmelaar, van Eykern LA, Hadders-Algra M. Postural control during reaching in preterm children with cerebral palsy. Dev Med Child Neurol 2004; 46: 253-66.
  • Van der Heide JC, Fock JM, Otten B, Stremmelaar E, Hadders-Algra M. Kinematic characteristics of reaching movements in preterm children with cerebral palsy. Pediatr Res 2005; 57: 883-9.
  • Hadders-Algra M, Van der Heide JC, Fock JM, Stremmelaar E, Van Eykern LA, Otten B. Effect of seat surface inclination on postural control during reaching in preterm children with cerebral palsy. Phys Ther 2007, 87: 861-71.
  • Van de Heide JC, Fock JM, Otten B, Stremmelaar E, Hadders-Algra M. Kinematic characteristics of postural control during reaching in preterm children with cerebral palsy. Pediatr Res 2005; 58: 586-93.
  • Loeters MJB, Maathuis CGB, Hadders-Algra M. Risk factors for emergence and progression of scoliosis in children with severe cerebral palsy – a systematic review. Dev Med Child Neurol 2010; 52: 605-11.
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