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Pak J Med Sci. 2017 May-Jun;33(3):640-644. doi: 10.12669/pjms.333.12808.

Examining the postural awareness and flexibility changes in physical therapy students who took clinical Pilates class.

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1
Esra Atilgan, PT, PhD. Department of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation, Istanbul Medipol University Faculty of Health Sciences, Istanbul, Turkey.
2
Devrim Tarakci, PT, PhD. Department of Ergotherapy, Istanbul Medipol University Faculty of Health Sciences, Istanbul, Turkey.
3
Prof. Fatma Mutluay, PT. Department of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation, Istanbul Medipol University Faculty of Health Sciences, Istanbul, Turkey.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

This study aimed to evaluate postural awareness and changes in posture and flexibility of students who took Clinical Pilates class as an elective course at the undergraduate level.

METHODS:

The study conducted from 2013-2016 included 98 students who took Clinical Pilates class at the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, School of Health Sciences, Istanbul Medipol University, Turkey. The flexibility levels of the study participants were measured before and after the Clinical Pilates education using finger-to-floor test and modified Schober's test. Observational posture analysis and postural awareness were recorded using the scale prepared by the researchers.

RESULTS:

The post-education evaluations showed that postural distortions were fixed, and a significant increase in the postural awareness of the students was observed compared with the pre-education period. The results of both modified Schober's test and finger-to-floor test, which were used to measure the flexibility levels, showed a statistically significant increase in post-education scores compared with those of the pre-education period.

CONCLUSION:

This study showed that the Clinical Pilates course increased postural awareness and flexibility of physical therapy students and fixed postural distortions. Thus, the inclusion of Clinical Pilates class in the undergraduate education is considered to be important.

KEYWORDS:

Clinical Pilates; Education; Flexibility; Postural Awareness

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