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The Official Journal of the Korean Academy of Kinesiology 2009;11(3):95-105.
Published online October 30, 2009.
Changes of Body Composition, Isokinetic Muscular Strength, and Motor Function in Cerebral Palsy Participating Combined Exercise Program
Seung-Hwan Cho, Woon-Yong Lee, Dae-Taek Lee
Kookmin University
Correspondence:  Dae-Taek Lee,
Email: dtlee@kookmin.ac.kr
Received: 15 October 2009   • Accepted: 24 August 2009
Abstract

INTRODUCTION
The purpose of this study was to investigate the changes of body composition, isokinetic muscular strength, and motor function in cerebral palsy participating combined exercise program.
METHOD
Eight men volunteered for this study (15.4±1.6 yrs, 154.9±6.7 cm, 46.6±9.4 kg, 19.2±9.4 %Fat) and they were more than 13 year old who could communicate and exercise by themselves. They performed walking and weight bearing exercise 3 times a week for 8 weeks. Then after 4 weeks, they participated the exercise program again. Body composition for BIA and isokinetic muscular strength for Biodex were measured. Motor function for Gross Motor Function Measures(GMFM) were also measured.
RESULT
Body composition did not significantly differed between before and after exercise (p>.05). Isokinetic muscular strength; Knee extensor and flexor muscular strength and GMFM were significantly different between before and after exercise (p<.05).
CONCLUSION
Combined exercise program affected isokinetic muscular strength and motor function but did not seem to affect the body composition. In other words, walking and muscular strength combined exercise affected to cerebral palsy youth in isokinetic muscular strength and motor function only.
Keywords: Cerebral palsy, stiffness, combined exercise, isokinetic exercise
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