In Denmark, between 110-130 children are diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy (CP) each year. According to Larsen et al 1, there is a decline in the prevalence of cerebral palsy in children born at term in Denmark.

Helene Elsass created a foundation in 1975 that would support people with CP and other persons with physical disabilities. Today, the Elsass Foundation works towards bringing together people with CP, their families and researchers.

The Foundation is based in Charlottenlund, Denmark, but its reach and support can be seen locally and internationally. An example of this can be seen within The Elsass Foundation Research Prize and it’s commitment to bettering the advancement of science within the field of cerebral palsy through philanthropic recognition of research excellence.

Within clinical gait analysis (CGA), the use of electromyography (EMG) follows specific procedures as recommended by SENIAM. When it comes to analysing the gait of children with CP, the use of EMG detection has become an important tool as it offers essential information about muscular activity. The data from EMG technologies show the timing and intensity of muscle activity be it lacking, delayed or permanent activity. The example data, from a clinical report,  shows the EMG data for bilateral spastic cerebral palsy 2.

1 Mads L. Larsen, Gija Rackauskaite, Gorm Greisen, Bjarne Laursen, Peter Uldall, Lone Krebs, Christina E. Hoei-Hansen. Declining prevalence of cerebral palsy in children born at term in Denmark Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology (DMCN), 64(6), June 2022, 715-722

Declining prevalence of cerebral palsy in children born at term in Denmark | Larsen | DMCN

2 Stéphane Armand, Geraldo Decoulon, Alice Bonnefoy-Mazure. Gait analysis in children with cerebral palsy EFORT Open Rev, 2016; 1, 488-460

What is Cerebral Palsy?

CP is a permanent life-long physical disability that affects movement and posture but generally does not worsen over time. CP can cause problems with posture, gait, muscle tone and coordination of movement. CP is caused by abnormal development or damage to the brain during pregnancy or shortly after birth.

We can characterize CP based on the location of the brain injury and the types of CP diagnosed by type of brain injury, and movement disorder.

For more information on ways in which EMG technology can help within the rehabilitation of cerebral palsy and other gait related measures, please reach out to our team at