Combined trainings (balance and strength) improves static and dynamic balances in children with spastic diplegic cerebral palsy

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Paper ID : 1373-12THCONG
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1University of Tehran Kish International Campus
2University of Kharazmi
3Department of Pediatrics Neuroscience, Hamadan University of Medical Sciences
The purpose of this study was to assess the effects of ten weeks strength and combined trainings (balance and strength) on improving static and dynamic balance in children with spastic diplegic cerebral palsy and to compare both of them.

Eight children (7-15 years old boys and girls) with spastic diplegic cerebral palsy who were able to walk a few steps independently and stop, were selected for this interventional and quasi-experimental study from the available papulation, and the children were placed randomly into two groups (four children received strength training in a group and those of other group received combined training (balance and strength)). Before beginning trainings, static and dynamic balances of children were measured by force plate instrument, and thereafter those trainings considered for either groups were conducted for ten weeks, with three sessions per week for 30 minutes, and after this period, the static and dynamic balances were measured again.

The result showed that there was a significant increase in the mean of dynamic and static balance test in the group which received combined trainings (P<0.05), but a significant difference in static balance was found in the group with strength training (P<0.05). Also the result showed a significant difference between strength trainings with balance trainings on improving static and dynamic balances.

Combined training as three sessions weekly improves balance and walking in children with CP and provided a significant and meaningful change in this regard. Also our finding indicated that ten weeks balance and strength training develops no significant effects on static balance in children with CP, but improves their dynamic balance