Purpose. Chronic stroke may result in impairments and functional limitations. These functional limitations include decreases in balance, strength, and mobility. Ballet focuses on building core musculature, increasing lower extremity strength and balance, and improving range of motion. The purpose of this case report was to determine if a beginning ballet program would demonstrate improvements in gait, balance, mobility, and strength. Methods. One 48 year old female participant was recruited for this study. She received 8 weeks of beginning ballet training at the University of South Carolina. She was assessed before, during, and after the intervention using various outcome measures to determine gait, balance, strength, and mobility. Results. The participant improved from baseline to 4-weeks in gait and mobility. After 4-weeks, she demonstrated inconsistent changes. She also demonstrated improvements from baseline to follow-up with regards to balance and motor recovery. Conclusion. The current study offers a feasible as well as alternative form of therapy to address the effects of chronic stroke. This study suggests that a beginning ballet program may be beneficial. However, this study is also limited by sample size, no control group, and lapses in the duration of the study. Future research should be directed to increasing the sample size and comparison to other alternative therapies.... 2006, from http://www.injuryresearch.bc.ca Publications/Repository/Functional %20Reach%20Test.pdf Duncan P., Richards L, ... Manual strength testing in 14 upper limb muscles: a study of inter-rater reliability. ... (1997) Treadmill aerobic exercise training reduces the energy expenditure and cardiovascular demands of anbsp;...
|Title||:||Beginning Ballet as an Intervention for Gait, Balance, and Mobility for an Individual with Post-stroke Hemiparesis: A Case Report|
|Author||:||Melissa Diane Dureska|
|Publisher||:||ProQuest - 2007|