Gripping objects is a common challenge for children with cerebral palsy. According to a new study published in PLOS ONE, however, researchers determined that children with unilateral cerebral palsy (UCP)—where one side of the body is affected—have more difficulty using precision grip during specific movements. The study analyzed 25 children with UCP with 25 children without the neurological condition. The children were all asked to walk down a step holding a device that measures grip and load force. Researchers found that the children with UCP were less able to regulate the amount of force needed for specific activities that involve both upper and lower limbs—such as picking up toys or getting something out of the refrigerator. The authors conclude that “…the coordination of upper and lower extremities might be of interest to introduce in rehabilitation programs dedicated to these children.”
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