Objective: To quantify the level of everyday physical activity in adults with bilateral spastic cerebral palsy, and to study associations with personal and cerebral palsy-related characteristics. Participants and methods: Fifty-six adults with bilateral spastic cerebral palsy (mean age 36.4 (standard deviation (SD) 5.8) years, 62% male) participated in the study. Approximately 75% had high gross motor functioning. Level of everyday physical activity was measured with an accelerometry-based Activity Monitor and was characterized by: (i) duration of dynamic activities (composite measure, percentage of 24 h); (ii) intensity of activity (motility, in gravitational acceleration (g)); and (iii) number of periods of continuous dynamic activity. Outcomes in adults with cerebral palsy were compared with those for able-bodied age-mates. Results: Duration of dynamic activities was 8.1 (SD 3.7) % (116 min per day), and intensity of activity was 0.020 (SD 0.007) g; both outcomes were significantly lower compared with able-bodied age-mates. Of adults with cerebral palsy, 39% had at least one period of continuous dynamic activities lasting longer than 10 min per day. Gross motor functioning was significantly associated with level of everyday physical activity (Rs -0.34 to -0.48; p≤0.01). Conclusion: Adults with bilateral spastic cerebral palsy, especially those with low-level gross motor functioning, are at risk for an inactive lifestyle.

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doi.org/10.2340/16501977-0340, hdl.handle.net/1765/16090
Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

Nieuwenhuijsen, C., van der Slot, W., Beelen, A., Arendzen, J. H., Roebroeck, M., Stam, H., … Wensink-Boonstra, A. (2009). Inactive lifestyle in adults with bilateral spastic cerebral palsy. Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, 41(5), 375–381. doi:10.2340/16501977-0340