Horseback riding in children with cerebral palsy

Effect on gross motor function

John A. Sterba, Brian Rogers, Amy P. France, Deborah A. Vokes

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Abstract

The effects of recreational horseback riding therapy (HBRT) on gross motor function in children with cerebral palsy (CP: spastic diplegia, spastic quadriplegia, and spastic hemiplegia) were determined in a blinded study using the Gross Motor Function Measure (GMFM). Seventeen participants (nine females, eight males; mean age 9 years 10 months, SE 10 months) served as their own control. Their mean Gross Motor Function Classification System score was 2.7 (SD 0.4; range 1 to 5). HBRT was 1 hour per week for three riding sessions of 6 weeks per session (18 weeks). GMFM was determined every 6 weeks: pre-riding control period, onset of HBRT, every 6 weeks during HBRT for 18 weeks, and 6 weeks following HBRT. GMFM did not change during pre-riding control period. GMFM Total Score (Dimensions A-E) increased 7.6% (p

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)301-308
Number of pages8
JournalDevelopmental Medicine and Child Neurology
Volume44
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes

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Equine-Assisted Therapy
Cerebral Palsy
Quadriplegia
Hemiplegia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Neuroscience(all)

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Horseback riding in children with cerebral palsy : Effect on gross motor function. / Sterba, John A.; Rogers, Brian; France, Amy P.; Vokes, Deborah A.

In: Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, Vol. 44, No. 5, 2002, p. 301-308.

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Sterba, John A. ; Rogers, Brian ; France, Amy P. ; Vokes, Deborah A. / Horseback riding in children with cerebral palsy : Effect on gross motor function. In: Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology. 2002 ; Vol. 44, No. 5. pp. 301-308.
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