Type of Article:  Original Research

Volume 5; Issue 5 (October 2017)

Page No.: 2385-2391

DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.16965/ijpr.2017.214


Nahed S Thabet *1, Naglaa A Zaky2 , Michael B Banoub 3.

*1,2 Department of Physical Therapy for Pediatrics, Faculty of Physical Therapy, Cairo University, Egypt.

 3 PT,MPT,DPT,PhD, Department of Physical Therapy for Cardiovascular-Pulmonary Disorders and Geriatrics, Faculty of Physical Therapy, Cairo University, Egypt.

Address for Correspondence:  Dr. Nahed S Thabet, Department of Physical Therapy for Pediatrics, Faculty of Physical Therapy, Cairo University, Egypt. E-Mail: jjjnahed2002@yahoo.com


Purpose: The aim of the study was designed to compare the effect of underwater exercise and treadmill training on gait parameters in hemiparetic  cerebral palsied children.

Subjects and methods: thirty hemiparetic CP children from both sexes (16 boys and 14 girls), their age ranged from seven to nine years old, were recruited from the out patient’s clinic of Faculty of Physical Therapy , Cairo University and from National Institute of Neuromotor System. They were randomly assigned into two equal groups; underwater intervention group and treadmill training group.

Procedures: parameters (average walking speed, step length,  and time on each foot distribution) are assessed by using the Biodex gait trainer 2 pre and post three months of the treatment. Children in study group 1 received underwater exercise program while children in group 2 received treadmill training ,three times per week for three months.

Results: There was a statistically significant improvement in the measured parameters in both groups when comparing their pre and post treatment mean values. However , nonsignificant difference was recorded between post treatment mean values of the two groups.

Conclusion: It could be concluded that both programs may be used in addition to selected physical therapy programs to improve gait in hemiparatic cerebral palsy children.

Key words: Hemiparetic cerebral palsy-Underwater exercises- Treadmill-children.


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Cite this article: Nahed S Thabet, Naglaa A Zaky, Michael B Banoub. UNDERWATER EXERCISES VERSUS TREADMILL TRAINING ON GAIT IN CHILDREN WITH SPASTIC HEMIPARETIC CEREBRAL PALSY. Int J Physiother Res 2017;5(5):2385-2391. DOI: 10.16965/ijpr.2017.214