Effects of Mechanical Horseback Riding Training on Trunk Control and Balance function in Stroke patients

뇌졸중 환자의 체간조절, 균형능력에 기계적 승마치료가 미치는 영향

  • Song, Myung-Soo (Dept. of Physical therapy, Wonkwang Health Science University) ;
  • Kang, Tae-Woo (Dept. of Physical therapy, Wonkwang Health Science University) ;
  • Kim, Su-Mi (Dept. of Physical therapy, Wonkwang Health Science University) ;
  • Noh, Hyeon-Jeong (Dept. of Physical therapy, Design Rehabilitation Center Hospital)
  • 송명수 (원광보건대학교 물리치료학과) ;
  • 강태우 (원광대학병원 물리치료실) ;
  • 김수미 (원광대학병원 물리치료실) ;
  • 노현정 (대자인병원 물리치료실)
  • Received : 2013.09.17
  • Accepted : 2013.12.20
  • Published : 2013.12.28


The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of mechanical horseback riding training on trunk control, balance function in stroke patients. 15 stroke patients were recruited for this study. The subjects were randomly assigned to two groups: experimental(n=7) and control(n=8). All subjects received a routine physical therapy. The mechanical horseback riding training was for 30 min in the case of the EG subjects. This study was carried out approximately 8 weeks from March 4 to May 3. The assessment tools of this study involved the trunk control test, postural assessment scale for stroke, Berg balance scale and timed up and go test. The measurements were recorded before the intervention and after the intervention. In the cases of the EG subjects and CG subjects, the variables measured after the intervention significantly differed from trunk control test, postural assessment scale for stroke, Berg balance scale and timed up and go test before the intervention (p<.05). Also, there were significant differences in trunk control test, postural assessment scale for stroke, Berg balance scale and timed up and go test at post test between the 2 groups (p<.05). The findings indicate that mechanical horseback riding training exerts a positive effect on trunk control, balance function in stroke patients. Further studies are required to generalize the result of this study.


Supported by : 원광보건대학교


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