Project title:

A randomised controlled trial on the impact of the Paediatric WalkAide (a drop-foot stimulator) on advanced motor skills and physical activity participation in children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy.

Chief Investigator:

Ms Kerry Evans

Funding Amount:

$74,920

Recipient:

Novita Children’s Services

Overview:

Children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy (CP) often have ankle control issues in one leg, with weakness/spasticity that causes trips/falls due to poor foot clearance when moving quickly. Many wear an ankle brace to stop their foot dragging. However, this blocks ankle motion and affects speed/performance during physical activity (PA). WalkAide is a device worn around a child’s calf. It activates muscles to enable the ankle to move with optimal positioning. Early research shows WalkAide promotes better walking. This study will determine the impact on advanced motor skills and PA participation

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