Cycling Training Research Study
for Children with Cerebral Palsy

The University of Delaware is looking for children with cerebral palsy to participate in a study of cycling training funded by the National Institutes of Health.  

Shriners Hospitals for Children, Philadelphia is the performance site for this study. The study is to see if the use of electrical stimulation during cycling exercise is able to help your child get stronger, improve their cardiovascular health, increase their muscle activation and improve walking & mobility.

Participation requires 4 visits to Shriners Hospital in Philadelphia lasting 2-3 days each over a 16 week period. The cycling training is done at home 3 times per week with equipment provided by the lab.
Is there a cost for the study?
  • No cost to be in the study
  • Free indoor, on-site parking
  • Lodging provided
  • Transportation assistance may be provided
  • Your child may be eligible if...
  • 10 to 18 years with spastic di- or quadriplegia cerebral palsy
  • Able to help during sit to stand (some thigh muscle activation present)
  • Can communicate effectively and follow directions
  • Willing to stay in Philadelphia at regular intervals
  • For more information...
    The abstract for this study is on the website of the National Institutes of Health.

    Download our brochure:  Brochure for FES Cycling Training

    Please contact the Research Department at (215) 430-4080 or email Dr. Samuel Lee at sclee@shrinenet.org.

    Walking Training Research Study for Children with Cerebral Palsy

    This study is to see if the use of functional electrical stimulation (FES) during walking can help your child walk more upright and efficiently. Part one of the study is to develop the equipment, and to test the effectiveness of the stimulation on the muscles. Part two of the study is to apply the FES during a walking training program to see if there are changes in a child's walking pattern.

    This study is funded by Shriners Hospitals for Children. The testing site will either be at Shriners Hospital for Children in Philadelphia or the University of Delaware in Newark. The project is currently in its development phase, however subjects will be needed for both parts and enrollment should begin soon.

    Your child may be eligible if...

    • 10 to 18 years with spastic di- or quadriplegia cerebral palsy
    • Knees are bent or flexed during walking
    • Able to walk without an assistive device (i.e. walker, crutches)
    • Can communicate effectively and follow directions

    For more information...
    Please click here for the CP FES Walking abstract.

    Please contact the Research Department at (215) 430-4080 or email Dr. Samuel Lee at sclee@shrinenet.org.