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02-24-2009, 07:22 AM
Dear Biomech-L subscribers

We would like to draw your attention to the following studentship topic:
(see also
' Physical activity, physical fitness and quality of life of people with
cerebral palsy aged 17-21'
The closing date for applications is 18 March 2009.

HS20 Physical activity, physical fitness and quality of life of people
with cerebral palsy aged 17-21
Research reviews reassert that (i) inadequate physical fitness is a
major problem affecting the function and health of children and
adolescents with cerebral palsy (CP) and (ii) the low levels of physical
activity typically observed may contribute to the development of
secondary conditions associated with CP (Fowler et al, 2007). In
addition, young adults with cerebral palsy frequently experience a
deterioration of functional skills (Andersson & Mattson E, 2001) and
increased levels of chronic fatigue and musculoskeletal pain, a
transitional process likely to be exacerbated by the lack of regular
physiotherapy after leaving school which could be as early as 16 in the
The proposed programme of research will include a retrospective study
into the views of adults on the transition period child-adult services
and on the issues they rate of high importance, such as physical fitness
and appearance, function, education, employment etc.
This retrospective study will be followed by a pilot study comparing a
group exercising at Edinburgh Leisure with a group receiving advice on
issues important to this group as highlighted in the first study.
Parallel to this, a third prospective study will assess the physical
fitness, physical activity and function of adolescents just prior to
when they leave school and the paediatric physiotherapy service and one
year later when they have left the paediatric service.
This proposal builds on clinical links and expertise in the area of
cerebral palsy of Dr Marietta van der Linden. Professor Mercer has an
extensive background of exercise interventions in various patient
populations. Input will also be obtained from clinical partners at the
Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh.

for further information contact professor Mercer tmercer@qmu.ac.uk or Dr
van der Linden (mvanderlinden@qmu.ac.uk)

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