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Effects of Mechanical Horseback Riding Exercise on Static Balance of Patient with Chronic Stroke

승마기구 운동이 만성 뇌졸중 환자의 정적 균형능력에 미치는 영향

  • 조운수 (남부대학교 물리치료학과) ;
  • 조성현 (남부대학교 물리치료학과)
  • Received : 2014.11.13
  • Accepted : 2015.03.12
  • Published : 2015.03.31

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effect of horse-riding simulator exercise on the static balance of chronic stroke patients. The study's sample included 30 stroke patients who were randomly classified into an experiment group and a control group. Both the experiment and control groups received therapeutic exercise one time per day, but the experiment group also received twenty minutes of horse-riding simulator exercise three times per week for six weeks. To compare the groups, an independent t-test was performed, and to compare each period, a paired t-test was conducted and its result was analyzed. The result of this study, moving distance under standing position with eyes closed, showed significant difference in horse-riding simulator exercise group after exercise. But, there was no significant difference between horse-riding simulator exercise group and control group. Further, various clinical studies focusing on effects of horseback riding exercise on function of stroke patients are needed.

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