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J Phys Ther Sci. 2015 Sep;27(9):2739-41. doi: 10.1589/jpts.27.2739. Epub 2015 Sep 30.

The influence of horseback riding training on the physical function and psychological problems of stroke patients.

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1
Department of Rehabilitation Science, Graduate School, Daegu University, Republic of Korea.
2
Department of Physical Therapy, Seonam University, Republic of Korea.

Abstract

[Purpose] The purpose of this study was to determine the influence of horseback riding training on the physical function and psychological problems of stroke patients. [Subjects and Methods] Thirty stroke patients were divided evenly into an experimental group and a control group. Both groups carried out neurodevelopmental treatment. The experimental group additionally performed mechanical horseback riding training for 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week, for 6 weeks. Physical function was evaluated using the Berg Balance Scale (BBS) and the Timed Up and Go Test (TUGT). Psychological problems were assessed using the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI). In order to compare differences within groups between before and after the experiment, the paired t test was conducted. In order to compare differences between groups before and after the experiment, the independent t test was conducted. [Results] In the experimental group, the BBS, TUGT, and BDI showed significant improvements after the intervention. The experimental group's BBS, TUGT, and BDI post-intervention changes were significantly better than those observed in the control group. [Conclusion] According to our results, horseback riding training has a positive effect on the physical function and psychological problems of stroke patients.

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Horseback riding training; Physical function; Psychological problems

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