Objective: To examine whether elbow coordination training can improve elbow coordination in cerebral palsy and whether any benefit carries over to upper limb activity.
Methods: A case series A–B–C multiple baseline study was carried out. Two weeks of no intervention (A) was followed by 2 weeks of computerised tracking (B), which was followed by 2 weeks of no intervention (C). Six children (age range 7–12 years) with hemiplegic cerebral palsy (Level I–III of the Manual Ability Classification System) participated. Coordination training consisted of 10 × 1-min trials of computerised tracking each session for 10 sessions over a 2-week period. Coordination was measured as tracking performance using a different target from the training target. Upper limb activity was measured using the 9-Hole Peg Test. Data were analysed using the 2-SD band method.
Results: None of the participants appeared to improve tracking performance or 9-Hole Peg Test (9HPT) scores (p > 0.05) after the 2 weeks of intervention. On withdrawal of the intervention, visual analysis showed that tracking performance and 9HPT scores remained at the same level as the intervention phase.
Conclusions: Ten minutes of computerised elbow tracking daily for 10 sessions did not improve coordination in six children with cerebral palsy.