PhD defence - Henrik Kirk

Henrik Kirk is defending his PhD thesis

Measurement and treatment of passive muscle stiffness

Time

19 May 2016, 15:.00

Venue

Lokale 29.01.30, Panum

Opponents

Associate Professor Nicolas Cæesar Petersen (chair), Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Professor Jane H. Burridge, PhD MCSP, University of Southhampton, United Kingdom

Associate Professor Natalie Mrachacz-Kersting, Center for Sensory-Motor Interaction, Department of Health Science and Technology, Aalborg University, Denmark

Supervisor

Professor Jens Bo Nielsen, Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Co supervisor

Jakob Lorentzen, Helene Elsass Center and Department of Nutrition, Exercise & Sports, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

About the thesis

The overall aim of the thesis was to develop an objective method to evaluate spasticity in the clinical practice. Furthermore the thesis evaluates which components, that contributes to stiffness in the ankle joint in adults with Cerebral Palsy and further how intensive training affects these components.

The studies show that our method is useful to evaluate spasticity in the clinical practice. Furthermore, the studies shows that increased passive stiffness and decreased muscle strength are major contributors to impaired gait function.

The following to studies shows that explosive strength training and treadmill training with an incline improves gait function and decreases passive stiffness. It is recommended that supervised explosive strength training and treadmill training with an incline should be part of an individual training plan.

2016, 138 pages, ISBN