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Award will evaluate role of training to help young people with cerebral palsy

Brunel University

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Physiotherapists from Brunel's Clinical Sciences team have been awarded £250,000 to lead research into resistance training in young people with cerebral palsy.

The award, granted by Action Medical Research for Children and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Charitable Trust, will be used for a three-year study to evaluate how feasible and effective resistance training is for youngsters with the condition.

Dr Jennifer Ryan and Dr Cherry Kilbride, from Brunel University London, and Wendy Levin, a physiotherapist at the Royal Free London hospital, will lead the study, which will include a randomised controlled trial of 60 young people between the ages of 12 and 19.

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The project will look to involve specialist physiotherapists from across London. Anyone who might be interested should contact Dr Ryan on Jennifer.ryan@brunel.ac.uk.

Keith Coles, Head of Media Relations, Brunel University London, keith.coles@brunel.ac.uk, 01895 266599.

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