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Master of Physical Therapy (MPT)
Nancy Cicirello, MPH, PT
John Medeiros, PhD, PT
Two subjects with myelomeningocele participated in an eight week activity program to determine if changes would occur in upper extremity strength, cardiovascular endurance, and self-esteem. Each subjects served as their own control for a four week period and attended an eight week activity program once a week. The program consisted of warm-up, aerobic, upper extremity strengthening, and cool-down periods. Self-esteem was measured via the hare Self-Esteem Scale (HSS). Upper extremity strength measurements were taken with a hand-held dynamometer. Cardio vascular endurance was measured by recording resting heart rate, exercise heart rate, and the total distance ambulated in a 12-minute period. All measures were taken before and after the four week control period and after the physical activity period. The results indicated a great deal of variability within and between the subjects, and measures obtained in the control period were too variable to establish a true control period. Consequently, no conclusions can be drawn from this study. However, the investigator, the subjects and their families thought the program was a success in providing an outlet for socialization and physical activity, and that there is a need for organized fitness programs for children with disabilities.
Grams, Barbara M., "The effects of a physical activity program on children with myelomeningocele: Two case reports" (1993). School of Physical Therapy. 298.