Positive strides

After seven years in a wheelchair and being told he’ll never walk again, Paralympic hopeful Ryan Raghoo is living proof that strength training can improve muscle performance for people with cerebral palsy.

PhD researcher Jarred Gillett from The University of Queensland School of Human Movement is studying this phenomenon, and he says the preliminary results are encouraging.

“We’ve seen great increases in strength, increases in muscle size and increases in function, which is exactly what we hoped for,” he said.

See the video below for more.

Mr Gillett is seeking people aged 15 to 30 with cerebral palsy to be part of a study into the positive effects of strength training.

Those interested in getting involved can contact him on j.gillett1@uq.edu.au

Last updated:
29 March 2016