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The effect of strengthening interventions on strength and physical performance in people with cerebral palsy (PEDro synthesis)
  1. Peter William Stubbs1,
  2. Joanna Diong2
  1. 1Neuroscience Research Australia, Randwick, New South Wales, Australia
  2. 2Department of Discipline of Biomedical Science, Sydney Medical School, The University of Sydney, Lidcombe, New South Wales, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Peter William Stubbs, Neuroscience Research Australia, Barker Street, Randwick, NSW 2031, Australia; p.stubbs{at}

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This section features a recent systematic review that is indexed on PEDro, the Physiotherapy Evidence Database ( PEDro is a free, web-based database of evidence relevant to physiotherapy.

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Muscle weakness is a common motor impairment that affects the performance of activities of daily living in children1 and adults2 with cerebral palsy. Strengthening interventions in people with cerebral palsy produce patient-perceived improvements in strength, walking ability and activity participation.3 Inspite of this, previous systematic reviews demonstrate that the effects of strengthening interventions on strength and physical performance are still uncertain.4 ,5


This systematic review aimed to determine the effectiveness of strengthening interventions on strength and physical performance in people with cerebral palsy.

Searches and inclusion criteria

Six databases (PubMed, Web of Science, PsychINFO, PEDro, CINAHL and Sports Discuss) were searched for studies published from 2001 to 2012. Studies were eligible if (1) all …

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  • Correction notice This paper has been amended since it was published Online First. The wording “PEDro synthesis” has been added to the end of the paper's title.

  • Contributors PWS and JD selected the review and interpreted the findings. PWS wrote the initial draft. PWS and JD critically appraised the paper, commented on manuscript drafts and approved the final version.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.