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The Changes of Gross Motor Function and Balance Ability in Children with Spastic Diplegic Cerebral Palsy by Trunk Muscle Strengthening Exercise : Single Group Repeated Measure Study

  • Journal of the Korean Society of Physical Medicine
  • Abbr : J Korean Soc Phys Med
  • 2011, 6(2), pp.189-197
  • Publisher : The Korean Society of Physical Medicine
  • Research Area : Medicine and Pharmacy > Physical Therapy > Other physical therapy

이은정 1 Kim, Jong-Soon 2

1울산광역시장애인종합복지관
2부산가톨릭대학교

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ABSTRACT

Purpose:Trunk muscle weakness in the children with cerebral palsy can lead to postural and alignment problems, breathing difficulties, and so on. Therefore, children with cerebral palsy can benefit from exercises that strengthen the muscles in their trunks. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of trunk muscle strengthening exercise on functional gross movement and balance ability in children with spastic diplegic cerebral palsy. Methods:We used single group repeated measure design in 8 children(four males, four females; aged 6~12years; mean 8.3 years) with diplegia. The functional gross motor outcome measured by using the GMFM and balance ability of all children was measured by pediatric balance scale. All participants were alternately received trunk strengthening exercise and neurodevelopment treatment for 40 minutes twice per week during 8weeks. Results:Significant and clinical meaningful improvement in functional gross motor and balance ability were shown. Conclusion:The results indicate that trunk strengthening exercise has a positive effect on both functional gross motor and balance ability in children with spastic diaplegic cerebral palsy.

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