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Research study: ACTIVE STRIDES-CP

Helping kids with cerebral palsy to help improve gross motor abilities and participation in adapted cycling in the community

Kids with cerebral palsy can have trouble with their gross motor skills and how they move around. They participate less often in physical activities than their peers. We’ve designed a new type of program called ACTIVE STRIDES-CP, delivered by physiotherapists or exercise physiologists that help kids improve their gross motor skills, mobility and increase participation in physically active leisure through adapted cycling in their home and community.


Who is eligible to take part in this study?

  • Children with bilateral cerebral palsy (GMFCS III or IV)
  • Aged 5-15 years of age
  • Able to travel to Cerebral Palsy Alliance’s therapy centre in Prairiewood, western Sydney


What are the details?

  • 2 x 1.5 hour per week face-to-face therapy sessions at the clinic for 8 weeks
  • A minimum of 2 to maximum of 4 fortnightly home visits over 1 hour alternating with remote telehealth sessions over 1 hour (total of 8 sessions of home visits and telehealth)
  • Delivered by a Physiotherapist or Exercise Physiologist. at a clinic near you and at your home.
  • Sessions consist of gait training using treadmills with partial body weight support if required, overground walking using assistive devices, functional electrical stimulation (FES) cycling and targeted training of gross motor goals with a total of 32 hours of training provided.


Click here to download a flyer with more information 

If you would like more information about this study, please contact:

Recruitment contact: Natalie Dos Santos


NSW contact: Sarah Reedman

E: T: 02 8052 2074

General enquiries: Dr Leanne Sakzewski

E: T: 07 3069 7345

This study has received ethics approvals (HREC/17/QCHQ/77129) and is funded by the NHRMC Research Grant APP2006867 and The University of Queensland, Faculty of Medicine.

Active Strides research study flyer