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Introduction & Purpose

Cerebral Palsy is a disorder characterized by abnormal muscle tone, postural dysfunction, gait dysfunction, and abnormal movement patterns.

This disease affects children worldwide, specifically about 2-3 children out of every 1,000 in the USA as well as about 500,000 children under 18 total.

Early intervention for development of gross motor function is highly important when considering improvement in functional capabilities.

The research shows that utilization of body-weight supported treadmill training (BWSTT) in children aged 0-21 with cerebral palsy (CP) is one of the most effective ways in developing gross motor function.