The relation between standing balance and walking function in children with spastic diplegic cerebral palsy

Dev Med Child Neurol. 1997 Feb;39(2):106-12. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8749.1997.tb07392.x.


To establish and compare the relationship between standing balance and walking performance, eight children with spastic diplegic cerebral palsy (CP) and 16 non-disabled, age- and sex-matched children were studied. The results showed that the children with CP had worse static balance stability in various sensory environments and dynamic balance (rhythmic shifting ability) than the non-disabled children. Moreover, the children with CP walked at a slower speed but at a greater physiological cost than the non-disabled children. In the children with CP, dynamic balance significantly correlated with walking function. It is suggested that rhythmic weight-shift training should be encouraged to improve the walking performance of children with CP.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Cerebral Palsy / physiopathology*
  • Child
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Muscle Spasticity / physiopathology*
  • Postural Balance / physiology*
  • Walking / physiology*