Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
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The purpose of this study was to compare the effects of various attentional focus strategies on balance in people with PD. Forty-nine adults with idiopathic PD were randomized into one of four groups (internal focus, external focus, no focus, and control). The three intervention groups participated in a month-long balance program. The outcomes measured were the Sensory Organization Test, Berg Balance Scale, self selected gait velocity, Dynamic Gait Index, Activities-specific Balance Confidence Scale and obstacle course completion time. These outcomes were measured at baseline, post intervention, 2-weeks post intervention, and 8-weeks post intervention. Statistical analyses yielded no significant differences among the groups. This study demonstrated that attentional focus instructions may not have a long-term effect on balance in individuals with PD. It also suggests that a standardized balance program including treadmill training, an obstacle course, and standing balance activities may not be sufficient to improve gait and balance in people with PD.
Neuromuscular diseases -- Physical therapy; Parkinson's disease -- Treatment; Physical therapy
Medicine and Health Sciences | Physical Therapy | Physiotherapy | Rehabilitation and Therapy
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Davis, Alyssa; Hatlevig, Rebecca; Richards, Amanda; and Rosenlof, Leslee, "Attentional Focus During Balance Training in Idiopathic Parkinson’s Disease (PD): A Randomized Clinical Trial" (2012). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 1321.
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