Effects of a Plyometric Training Program for 3 Children With Neurofibromatosis Type 1
Pediatric Physical Therapy
Background and Purpose: To evaluate the feasibility and safety of plyometric training and to determine the effects on motor proficiency.
Case Description: Three children with neurofibromatosis type 1, aged 5, 7, and 10 years, selected for representative ages, sexes, abilities, and outcomes participated in a 10-week plyometric training program. Outcome measures included throwing and jumping distance, performance on a self-selected goal, the Bruininks-Oseretsky Test of Motor Proficiency, Second Edition, and the Children's Assessment of Participation and Enjoyment.
Outcomes: All participants safely completed the program. Improvements were seen in distance and consistency of throwing and jumping, performance on the self-selected goal, and bilateral coordination composite scores. Increased diversity, but not intensity of physical activity, was observed.
Discussion: A safe plyometric training program was implemented, resulting in gains in motor performance. It may be important to address personal and environmental barriers to physical activity participation to improve intensity of physical activity.
Johnson, B., Salzberg, C.L. & Stevenson, D. A. (2012) Case series: Effects of a plyometric training program for three children with neurofibromatosis type 1. Pediatric Physical Therapy, 24(2), 199-208.