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Pediatr Phys Ther. 2009 Summer;21(2):212-8. doi: 10.1097/PEP.0b013e3181a39532.

Immediate effects of a hippotherapy session on gait parameters in children with spastic cerebral palsy.

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Department of Physical Therapy, University of Central Arkansas, Conway, Arkansas 72035-0001, USA. mmcgee@uca.edu

Abstract

PURPOSE:

The purpose of this study was to examine the immediate effects of a hippotherapy session on temporal and spatial gait parameters in children with spastic cerebral palsy (CP).

METHODS:

Subjects comprised 9 children with a diagnosis of CP, 6 girls and 3 boys, 7 to 18 years of age. Data for temporal and spatial gait parameters were collected immediately before and after a hippotherapy session.

RESULTS:

No statistically significant differences (p < 0.05) were noted in the postride temporal and spatial gait parameter values when compared with the preride values.

CONCLUSIONS:

This study provides baseline data for future research and useful clinical information for physical therapists using hippotherapy as a treatment modality for children with spastic CP.

PMID:
19440132
DOI:
10.1097/PEP.0b013e3181a39532
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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