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Ankle torque steadiness is related to muscle activation variability and co-activation in children with cerebral palsy

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The aims of this study were to: (1) investigate the significance of muscle activation variability and coactivation for the ability to perform steady submaximal ankle torque (torque steadiness) in healthy children and those with cerebral palsy (CP), and (2) assess ankle function during isometric contractions in those children. Fourteen children with CP who walked with equinus foot deformity and 14 healthy (control) children performed maximal and steady submaximal ankle dorsi- and plantarflexions. Dorsiflexion torque steadiness was related to agonist and antagonist muscle activation variability as well as the plantarflexor coactivation level in children with CP (r > 0.624, P < 0.03). Moreover, children with CP displayed reduced maximal torque and submaximal torque steadiness of both dorsi- and plantarflexion compared with controls (P < 0.05). Both muscle groups may benefit from strength training, as they exhibit poor submaximal control and weakness in children with CP.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftMuscle & Nerve
Vol/bind40
Udgave nummer3
Sider (fra-til)402-410
Antal sider9
ISSN0148-639X
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2009

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