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Changes in Postural Control after Aquatic Exercises Program in Ataxic Patients with Multiple Sclerosis
Hamid Mohamadi , Mohsen Ghanbarzadeh , Nastaran Majdinasab , Masoud Nikbakht
PhD Department of Exercise Physiology, Faculty of Sport Sciences, Shahid Chamran University of Ahvaz, Ahvaz, Iran , ghanbarzadeh213@gmail.com
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      Purpose: The aim of this study is to change one of the primary impairments associated with
multiple sclerosis, i.e. ataxia, in which there is insufficient postural control.
Materials and Methods: The current randomized controlled trial investigated the effects of
aquatic exercise on postural control in MS ataxic patients. Thirty-two patients with multiple
sclerosis with a degree of ataxia indications were selected and divided into two groups: exercise
group (n=17, age, 39.12 ± 8.54) and control group (n=15, age, 33.4±15.16). The exercise group
performed the exercise for 8 weeks, 3 sessions per week with 55% to 75% of maximum heart
rate. Posture control by the force platform was measured before and after 24 sessions of aquatic
exercises. Measurements of the center of pressure displacement included the anterior-posterior,
medial-lateral directions, and sway velocity.
Results: Comparing the pre-test whit the post-test,significant differences in patients’ posture
control (P = .001) was seen. There was no significant differences between the pre-test and the
post-test in the control group, except for AP direction (P = .012).
Conclusion: The findings suggest that postural control in ataxic patients with multiple sclerosis
can be affected by aquatic exercises. Further studies with a larger sample size are required to
confirm these encouraging preliminary results; clinicians are recommended to consider aquatic
exercises as a viable rehabilitation program for multiple sclerosis patients.

Keywords: aquatic exercises, ataxia, multiple sclerosis, postural control
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Type of Study: Original (Research) | Subject: General Medicine
Received: 2016/04/17 | Accepted: 2016/09/3 | Published: 2016/09/3
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Mohamadi H, Ghanbarzadeh M, Majdinasab N, Nikbakht M. Changes in Postural Control after Aquatic Exercises Program in Ataxic Patients with Multiple Sclerosis. Ann Mil Health Sci Res. 2016; 14 (2) :80-85
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