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BioMed Research International
Volume 2017, Article ID 8080473, 6 pages
Research Article

Physical Activity in Adolescents and Young Adults with Cerebral Palsy

1Eskilstuna Habilitation Centre, Eskilstuna, Sweden
2Centre for Clinical Research, Uppsala University, Region Västmanland, Västerås, Sweden
3Department of Clinical Sciences, Lund, Orthopaedics, Lund University, Lund, Sweden

Correspondence should be addressed to Elisabet Rodby-Bousquet; es.ul.dem@teuqsuob_ybdor.tebasile

Received 22 August 2017; Revised 13 November 2017; Accepted 4 December 2017; Published 20 December 2017

Academic Editor: Senlin Chen

Copyright © 2017 Lisa Waltersson and Elisabet Rodby-Bousquet. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The aim of this study was to examine the level of physical activity in adults with cerebral palsy (CP) and to analyse its relationship with physical activity as adolescents, pain, and gross motor function. A prospective cohort study was performed using data from the Swedish National CP Registry (CPUP) for all 129 individuals born in 1991–1993 living in Skåne and Blekinge who reported to CPUP at 14–16 years of age. Physical activity as adult was analysed relative to physical activity as adolescents, pain, and the Gross Motor Function Classification System (GMFCS). Seventy-one individuals at GMFCS I–V were followed up as adults and included in the analyses. Of these, 65% were physically active, but only 56% performed physical activity at least once a week. Their physical activity as adults differed relative to their physical activity as adolescents () but not to pain or GMFCS. Being physically active as an adolescent doubled the probability of being active as an adult (OR 2.1; ), indicating that physical activity in adults with CP is related to their physical activity as adolescents. Therefore, interventions to increase physical activity among adolescents with CP are likely also to improve physical activity in adulthood.