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J Phys Ther Sci. 2016 Mar;28(3):875-80. doi: 10.1589/jpts.28.875. Epub 2016 Mar 31.

Effect of dual-task training on postural stability in children with infantile hemiparesis.

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1
Department of Physical Therapy for Neuromuscular Disorders and Surgery, Faculty of Physical Therapy, Cairo University, Egypt; Department of Physical Therapy and Health Rehabilitation, College of Applied Medical Sciences, Aljouf University, Saudi Arabia.
2
Department of Physical Therapy for Growth and Developmental Disorders in Children and its Surgery, Faculty of Physical Therapy, Cairo University, Egypt; Department of Physical Therapy and Health Rehabilitation, College of Applied Medical Sciences, Aljouf University, Saudi Arabia.
3
Department of Physical Therapy for Growth and Developmental Disorders in Children and its Surgery, Faculty of Physical Therapy, Cairo University, Egypt.

Abstract

[Purpose] The aim of this study was to evaluate the influence of using a selected dual-task training program to improve postural stability in infantile hemiparesis. [Subjects and Methods] Thirty patients participated in this study; patients were classified randomly into two equal groups: study and control groups. Both groups received conventional physical therapy treatment including mobility exercises, balance exercises, gait training exercises, and exercises to improve physical conditioning. In addition, the study group received a selected dual-task training program including balance and cognitive activities. The treatment program was conducted thrice per week for six successive weeks. The patients were assessed with the Biodex Balance System. These measures were recorded two times: before the application of the treatment program (pre) and after the end of the treatment program (post). [Results] There was a significant improvement for both groups; the improvement was significantly higher in the study group compared to the control group. [Conclusion] The selected dual-task training program is effective in improving postural stability in patients with infantile hemiparesis when added to the conventional physical therapy program.

KEYWORDS:

Dual-task training; Infantile hemiparesis; Postural stability

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