Bike skills training for children with cerebral palsy: protocol for a randomised controlled trial
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AuthorToovey, R; Harvey, AR; McGinley, JL; Lee, KJ; Shih, STF; Spittle, AJ
Source TitleBMJ Open
PublisherBMJ PUBLISHING GROUP
University of Melbourne Author/sSpittle, Alicia; McGinley, Jennifer; Harvey, Adrienne; Lee, Katherine; Toovey, Rachel
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsToovey, R., Harvey, A. R., McGinley, J. L., Lee, K. J., Shih, S. T. F. & Spittle, A. J. (2018). Bike skills training for children with cerebral palsy: protocol for a randomised controlled trial. BMJ OPEN, 8 (2), https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2017-019898.
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INTRODUCTION: Two-wheel bike riding can be a goal for children with cerebral palsy (CP) and a means of participating in physical activity. It is possible for some children with CP to ride a two-wheel bike; however, currently far fewer can ride compared with their typically developing peers. Evidence supports training targeted towards goals of the child with CP and their family; yet there is little evidence to guide best-practice bike skills training. Task-specific training may lead to attainment of two-wheel bike-specific goals. This study aims to determine if a novel task-specific approach to training two-wheel bike skills is more effective than a parent-led home programme for attaining individualised two-wheel bike-specific goals in independently ambulant children with CP aged 6-15 years. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: Sixty eligible children with CP (Gross Motor Function Classification System levels I-II) aged 6-15 years with goals relating to riding a two-wheel bike will be randomised to either a novel task-specific centre-based group programme (intervention) or a parent-led home-based programme (comparison), both involving a 1-week intervention period. The primary outcome is goal attainment in the week following the intervention period (T1). Secondary outcomes include: goal attainment and participation in physical activity at 3 months postintervention (T2) and bike skills, attendance and involvement in bike riding, self-perception and functional skills at T1 and T2. Economic appraisal will involve cost-effectiveness and cost-utility analyses. Adherence of clinicians and parents to the intervention and comparison protocols will be assessed. Linear and logistic regression will be used to assess the effect of the intervention, adjusted for site as used in the randomisation process. ETHICS AND DISSEMINATION: This study was approved by the Human Research and Ethics Committees at The Royal Children's Hospital (#36209). Results will be disseminated via peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations. TRIAL REGISTRATION NUMBER: NCT03003026; Pre-results.
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