The Relationship between Muscle Quality, Functional Capacity and Functional Performance through the Adult Lifespan in Cerebral Palsy

Significant functional declines occur much earlier in adults with cerebral palsy (CP) compared to the general population. Very little is known about how musculoskeletal development progresses through adulthood and whether the declines in function and physical activity are related to deterioration of muscle. The aim of this study is to determine whether muscle degradation in the lower limb is evident in ambulant adults with CP and to examine how this contributes to loss of overall function and physical activity. This may lead to evidence based recommendations for interventions that might slow decline in function, improve health and reduce risk of falls.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Glen Lichtwark, Senior Lecturer in Exercise Science at the University of Queensland.