The Effect of Horseback Riding Simulator on Static Balance of Cerebral Palsy

승마운동이 뇌성마비 아동의 정적 균형에 미치는 영향

  • Choi, Hyun-Jin (Department of Physical Therapy, Pyungwha hospital) ;
  • Nam, Ki-Won (Department of Physical Therapy, College of Health Science, Dong-shin University)
  • 최현진 (순천평화병원 재활센터) ;
  • 남기원 (동신대학교 보건과학대학 물리치료학과)
  • Received : 2014.07.15
  • Accepted : 2014.08.12
  • Published : 2014.08.25


Purpose: The purpose of this study is to examine the effects of using a horseback riding simulation on static balance in children with cerebral palsy. Methods: This study was conducted with 30 children with cerebral palsy at levels I~IV in the Gross Motor Function Classification System (GMFCS), who were randomly divided into a control group and a hippotherapy group. Both the control group and the experimental group received NDT for 30 minutes per session, four times per week, for ten weeks, while the experimental group also received hippotherapy, 15 minutes per session, four times per week, for ten weeks, after the neurodevelopmental treatment (NDT). The horseback riding simulators JOBA (JEU7805, Panasonic, 일본) used in this study simulated actual horse movements; static balance was measured in each group before the exercise and five weeks and ten weeks after the beginning of the exercise using a pedoscan system (Diers Pedo, Germany). Results: The intergroup effects on static balance were tested, and the results showed no significant differences (p<0.05). Conclusion: The horseback riding simulation exercise was shown to be effective for the static balance of children with cerebral palsy. Therefore, additional studies should be conducted with more children with CP divided according to type.


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