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Thesis

The effect of specialized balance training on gait in adults with hemiparesis

1 May 1996

Abstract

The objective of this study was to determine the effects of specialized balance training on gait in hemiparetic adults. The subjects were selected based on predetermined criteria and were given the option of participation in the study. With consent, subjects were assigned to the experimental or control group according to predetermined criteria. Initially, the gait pattern of each subject was evaluated using video motion analysis, then the test subjects participated in specialized balance ·training with visual feedback as part of their scheduled therapy program. Subjects in the control group received only routine physical therapy. Training sessions, lasting 20-30 minutes five times per week, consisted of a progression of tasks performed on the balance apparatus as overseen by the staff physical therapist. Prior to completion of rehabilitation, test and control subjects' gait was reevaluated. Data from these gait evaluations were compared to determine if there were any differences between groups. Due to a limited number of subjects (N=3) , no statistical description could be made. However, individual subjects did show clinically relevant improvements between pretest and posttest measurements, particularly in increased gait velocity.


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