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Taking part

This page explains the ROBUST Study for people who might be interested in joining.

General information

We have developed a new exercise programme, using resistance exercises, to strengthen the leg muscles in young people with CP. We have also tried to make the exercise programme interesting and fun so that young people will be happy to follow it for a long time.

The aim of this study is to assess if a specific exercise programme to strengthen the muscles of young people with cerebral palsy is better at improving walking and their ability to carry out daily activities, compared to usual physiotherapy exercises.

Participant Information

If you are considering taking part in the ROBUST study, please follow the link below to open the ROBUST Participant Information Tool. Here you can view the key information needed to decide whether to take part.

Information about the Study

Study Design

A multi-centre, two arm, parallel design, superiority, randomised controlled trial. The participants will be individually randomised (1:1) to receive either a strengthening intervention programme or usual NHS care.

Target population

Adolescents from 12 to 18 years of age (i.e. from their 12th to their 18th birthday) with a diagnosis of spastic cerebral palsy (bilateral or unilateral) Gross Motor Function Classification System (GMFCS) levels I–III who are able to comply with assessment procedures and exercise programme with or without support from their carer.

Study Funder and Sponsor

The trial is funded by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Health Technology Assessment (HTA) programme. The sponsor is University of Oxford, Research Governance, Ethics & Assurance Team (RGEA).


Progressive resistance exercise programme: Participants receive an individually tailored strengthening programme, including structured resistance exercises and advice, overseen by a physiotherapist with 6 one-to-one sessions over 16 weeks.


Planned trial period is 44 months.

Recruitment is expected to last for 20 months.

Outcome Measures

Functional mobility at 6 months measured using the patient/parent reported GOAL (Gait Outcomes Assessment List) questionnaire

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University of Oxford
Botnar Research Centre
Windmill Road
Oxford OX3 7LD

[email protected]

01865 737643

The ROBUST Study is funded by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (Funder Reference: NIHR135150). The views expressed are those of the authors and are not intended to be representative of the views of the funder, sponsor or other participating organisations.

The information contained in this website is for general information about the ROBUST Study and is provided by the University of Oxford (Surgical Intervention Trials Unit).

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