“My child enjoys working with the University of Georgia research team. I would highly recommend participation in this research program."
- Parent of a Research Participant
A new University of Georgia no-cost study aims to improve muscle quality, strength and balance control in children with cerebral palsy. By standing on a small vibrating platform for 10 minutes a day—something that can be done at home as part of a family's regular routine—researchers plan to measure the effects on muscle development, balance and physical activity over a 12-month period.
Because of damage to areas of the brain that affect movement, people with cerebral palsy have problems maintaining their balance and participating in physical activity. Interventions such as vibration therapy may make a positive change in a child's quality of movement and life.
- Is your child 5-11 years old?
- Does your child walk alone (without the use of a cane or crutches)?
- Does your child have spastic cerebral palsy?
If you answered Yes to the above questions, your child may be eligible to participate.
- Your child will receive $25 for each session completed (up to $50-$75 per visit).
- To compensate you for your trip, you will receive a travel stipend of $100-$130 per visit.
- If you are not local to the Athens-Atlanta area, we will provide hotel accommodations in Athens, Georgia.
To Learn More:
Email: UGA@yourcpf.org or Contact UGA Research Coordinator, Sydni Wilhoite, at 706-395-5085.
This lab promotional video represents the research activities conducted in the Neuromusculoskeletal Health Lab
However, until we conduct the necessary controlled studies, we will not know if vibration offers benefit to children with cerebral palsy. We need families of children with cerebral palsy to participate in research studies so we can develop the best ways to increase physical activity and improve health in children with cerebral palsy.
Christopher Modlesky, PhD
Georgia Athletic Association Professor in Kinesiology
Department of Kinesiology