Physical Activity in Adolescents and Young Adults with Cerebral Palsy

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The aim of this study was to examine the level of physical activity in adults with cerebral palsy (CP) and to analyse its relationship with physical activity as adolescents, pain, and gross motor function. A prospective cohort study was performed using data from the Swedish National CP Registry (CPUP) for all 129 individuals born in 1991-1993 living in Skåne and Blekinge who reported to CPUP at 14-16 years of age. Physical activity as adult was analysed relative to physical activity as adolescents, pain, and the Gross Motor Function Classification System (GMFCS). Seventy-one individuals at GMFCS I-V were followed up as adults and included in the analyses. Of these, 65% were physically active, but only 56% performed physical activity at least once a week. Their physical activity as adults differed relative to their physical activity as adolescents (p=0.011) but not to pain or GMFCS. Being physically active as an adolescent doubled the probability of being active as an adult (OR 2.1; p=0.054), indicating that physical activity in adults with CP is related to their physical activity as adolescents. Therefore, interventions to increase physical activity among adolescents with CP are likely also to improve physical activity in adulthood.


External organisations
  • Uppsala University
  • Habilitation Centre Eskilstuna
  • Västmanlands läns landsting / Region Västmanland
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  • Physiotherapy
Original languageEnglish
Article number8080473
JournalBioMed Research International
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Publication categoryResearch