Barriers to Strength Training for Adults with Cerebral Palsy research study seeks participants

Barriers to Strength Training for Adults with Cerebral Palsy research study seeks participants
Posted on Fri 20 Aug 2021

Are you aged 18-40 and living with cerebral palsy? If so, you're invited to participate in a new research study examining factors that help or hinder strength training for adults with cerebral palsy!

This project is designed to understand how often adults with cerebral palsy (CP) participate in strength training, things that aid or hinder participation in strength training and the impact of this participation on self-esteem and quality of life. This research is important because research shows adults with CP face a loss of muscle strength and it is thought this leads to a loss of function. For strength training programs to be successful with adults with CP, we need to understand more about their experiences with strength training. 

In addition to this, we are inviting you to participate in an online interview with researchers, conducted via zoom. This interview will ask you questions about your experience with strength training. You do not need to participate in the interviews if you do not wish to and this will not affect your participation in the survey. If you wish to participate in the interviews, you will be asked to provide your contact details and a researcher will get in touch with you.

The research project, titled Barriers to Strength Training for Adults with Cerebral Palsy, is being conducted by student researcher Jerusha Mather as part of a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at Victoria University under the supervision of Associate Professor Jacqueline Williams, and Dr Alessandra Ferri from the Institute of Health and Sport, Victoria University and Associate Professor Wei Peng Teo from the Institute of Education, Singapore.

Please head here to complete the research survey.

Are you eligible?

  • Aged 18 – 40 years
  • Diagnosed with cerebral palsy
  • No strength training experience is required to participate!

If you have any questions about the study, you can contact:
Ms. Jerusha Mather
PhD candidate

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