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"Medicina Sportiva" No.14 - 2008 The 15-th Sports Medicine Balkan Congress
CHRONIC DISEASE AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY


REABILITY OF METHODS OF EVALUATION OF BALANCE IN CHILDREN WITH PALSY

Iatridou Georgia, Iakovidis Paris, Porfiriadou Anthi
T.E.I. Thessaloniki, Department of Physiotherapy, Greece


The evaluation of balance in children with cerebral palsy (CP) it is an extremely difficult and complex procedure. It is even more difficult the evaluation of the results of some therapeutical intervetion to this kind of patients. Varied methods of balance evaluation are mentioned to the international bibliography, but almost none has not clinical utility and application in children with CP. The purpose of the present study was the application of three methods of evaluation of balance (BBS, TUG and BOTMP) in children with CP, as also their evaluation with regard to reliability.
METHODOLOGY.  The control of reliability of the tests was based on the successive application to twenty children with CP within the short period of one day and one week in order to substantiate their ability to give the same results in a stable sample (test-retest reliability). The statistical analysis was based upon the analysis variance in relation with two factors (two-way ANOVA), so as to establish if there is an important statistic differentiation to the performances of children in the each test, as well as the analysis variance in repeated measures (ANOVA repeated measures) for the control of the influence of each type of CP to the average of performances in each test.
RESULTS. No important statistic difference was found out in relation with the performance between the measures but important statistical differences were found of the performances of the children in all the three tests considering the type of their CP.
Conclusions: The tests BBS, TUG and BOTMP are considered to be reliable and valid tests, able to objectively define the quantitative mutation of the balance of the child in test with CP
KEY WORDS: balance, cerebral palsy, evaluation.





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