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Background: Down syndrome (Ds) is associated with impairments affecting overall motor development including gait pattern and speed. Research on the effects of exercise on adults with Ds is lacking. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effects of a 12-week telehealth exercise program on gait impairments in adults with Ds.
Methods: Twenty participants performed a 12-week telehealth exercise program based upon a diagnosis-specific procedure developed by Sarah Mann, PT, DPT. Gait deviations were assessed with the Ranchos Los Amigos Observational Gait Analysis. Comfortable gait speed was evaluated with the 4-meter walk test.
Results: Improvements in comfortable gait speed and reduced gait deviations were statistically significant. Other significant findings included fewer gait deviations during Single Leg Stance, Swing Limb Advancement, deviations at the hip, and at the ankle.
Conclusions: Gait velocity and observable gait impairments in adults with Ds significantly improved following a 12-week telehealth exercise program.
Down syndrome; Gait in humans; Exercise
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Lum, Robert; Souza, Taylor; Roys, Christopher; and Stopka, Daniel, "Effects of a 12-Week Telehealth Exercise Intervention on Gait Speed and Gait Deviations in Adults with Down Syndrome" (2022). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 4344.
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