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The Effects of a Korean Dance Based Movement Training on Balance and Gait in Patients with Cerebellar Ataxia

Im, Seung Jin 1 Park, Jin-Hoon 1

1고려대학교

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ABSTRACT

It has been demonstrated that the cerebellum plays a key role in controlling body balance and posture. Although physiotherapeutic approach presents the most optimal therapy to improve ataxia dysfunctions, the consensus on the effective way to improve CA-specific motor symptoms is not fully addressed. The present study examined the effects of a KD-based movement training on recovery of locomobility in individuals with CA. Eight patients were recruited to participate in the study. They participated in a 12-week KD-based movement training emphasizing the relearning of proper gait patterns through intensive practice of various movement components, which targets CA-specific impairments. The main kinematic data indicated that CA patients exhibited improvements in center of mass control, basic gait parameters and balance after the KD training. These results provided a preliminary evidence that a KD-based movement training may be helpful for reducing CA-specific locomotion symptoms, especially during normal and slow walking.

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