2020, Volume 12, Issue 3
Effect of core stability training on postural control, risk of falling, and function of the blind: A randomized controlled trial
Mohammad Karimizadeh Ardakani1, Mohammad Hamzeh Shalamzari2, Mohammad Hani Mansori2
1Department of Health and Sport Medicine, Faculty of Physical Education and Sport Sciences, University of Tehran
2Sport Injury and Corrective Exercise Student, Department of Health and Sport Medicine, Faculty of Physical Education and Sport Sciences, University of Tehran
Author for correspondence: Mohammad Karimizadeh Ardakani; Department of Health and Sport Medicine, Faculty of Physical Education and Sport Sciences, University of Tehran; email: email@example.com
Background: Visual impairments affect all motion aspects of individuals. Movement as the most important tool of physical education is an important factor to improve the health of people with disabilities. The present study aims to investigate the effect of six weeks of core stability training on postural control, risk of falling, and function of blind people.
Material and methods: Thirty-two blind males were randomly divided into two groups: the experimental and the control one. In order to evaluate the postural control, the Berg balance scale, the modified stork stand balance test, and the tandem walking test were used. To evaluate the risk of falling and function, the Timed Get up & Go and Tinetti tests were employed, respectively. Data were analysed via MANOVA statistical analysis test at the significance level of 0.05.
Results: Results showed that, after 6 weeks of core stability training, a significant increase was observed in postural control scores, function, and risk of falling in the experimental group compared to the control group and the pre-test condition (P < 0.05).
Conclusions: Considering the importance of mobility, especially in people with visual disabilities, the use of core stability training
Key words: postural control, blind people, core stability training, risk of falling, function