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Effects of hydrotherapy vs land based exercises on dual task postural control in a geriatric population

Introduction: The disruption of postural control is one factor that can lead to falls for the geriatric population. Dual tasking can increase the likelihood of a fall for this population. Finding effective ways to lower falls in the geriatric population may increase quality of life. Hydrotherapy is a new therapeutic practice to increase balance performance. Purpose: The purpose is to determine the effectiveness of a six-week hydrotherapy program and its effects on dual-tasking, postural control, and balance in a geriatric population. Methods:11 elderly adults completed static/dynamic balance test with a Stroop Color and Word Test pre/post 6 weeks of dual-tasking balance training either in a land-based (LB) or hydrotherapy (HYDRO) group. Results:Both groups improved in dual tasking responses and overall static and dynamic balance. Conclusions: Both LB and HYDRO may show improvements in static and dynamic balance while under a dual tasking condition. The HYDRO group showed greater improvements in movement time after six weeks.
Date09 August 2019
CreatorsTurner, Alana Joy
PublisherScholars Junction
Source SetsMississippi State University
Detected LanguageEnglish
SourceTheses and Dissertations

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