Current Research Studies

Cerebral Palsy – Short Burst Locomotor Treadmill Training Study

Condition or Therapy:

Cerebral Palsy


Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation Medicine, Developmental Medicine, Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

What is the goal of this study?

Researchers at Seattle Children's want to find ways to improve walking and activity in youth with cerebral palsy. 

Who can join the study?

This study might be a good fit for your child if they:

  • Have spastic cerebral palsy which affects both legs.
  • Are between 6 and 11 years old.
  • Walk most of the time with or without a hand held device (i.e., walker or canes). 

What will happen if my child takes part in this study?

If you and your child decide to take part in the study, you would:

  • Receive 40 treadmill training sessions in the home.
  • Be randomly assigned to receive short-burst or steady speed treadmill training.
  • Attend 4 assessment visits at Seattle Children's Research Institute in downtown Seattle, WA.
  • Wear an ankle monitor during the study - it counts how much walking your child does during the day.
  • Wear a GPS monitor on their other ankle - it will tell us how far and where they walk outside.
  • The research study takes about 24-26 weeks.

Families who take part in the study will receive up to $200 for their time and effort and receive payment for mileage and parking for study visits. There is no charge for the assessments or training sessions.

Who can I contact for more information?

To take part in this research study or for more information, please call 206-884-1489 or email the research coordinator.

Study Location(s):

This study takes place in your home and at Seattle Children's Research Institute's Jack R. MacDonald Building.

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Kristie Bjornson