Effects of a dance program on static balance on a platform in young adults with down syndrome

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Abstract

The purpose of the study was to compare postural control in static standing in young adults with and without Down syndrome (DS), with eyes closed and eyes open, before and after an 18-wk dance-based training program. The study included 11 young people with DS age 20.5 (1.3) yr and 11 without DS age 20.2 (2.0) yr. All parameters were recorded before and after the training program. Parameters related to center of pressure (COP; closed and open eyes) were recorded from a platform with the participant in bipedal standing position during 30 s. The results suggest that young people with DS have worse COP control in both visual conditions (closed and open eyes) and are affected by visual information in a different way than their peers without DS. In the group of young adults with DS, the dance-based training program improved some parameters related to the use of visual input in controlling COP.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)233-252
Number of pages20
JournalAdapted Physical Activity Quarterly
Volume33
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2016

Keywords

  • Center of pressure
  • Postural control
  • Standing position
  • Visual condition

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