Effect of 8 Weeks of Kangoo Jump Training on Balance and Postural Sway of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Document Type : Research Paper

Authors

1 Department of Exercise Rehab, Faculty of Exercise Sciences, University of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran. University of Esfahan.

2 Associate Professor, Department of Corrective Exercise and Sports injury, Faculty of Physical Education and Sport Sciences, University of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran

3 Department of Exercise Rehab, Faculty of Exercise Sciences, University of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran. Department of Orthotics and Prosthetics

Abstract

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is one of the most common disorders in childhood. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of Kangoo jump (KJ) exercises on dynamic balance and overall postural oscillations in children with ASD.
The present study was a quasi-experimental study. Among children with ASD in the Autism Association and Autism Schools in Tehran, 20 people were selected using screening tests and after assessing the dynamic balance and general postural sway as a pre-test, were randomly divided into two groups. The experimental group performed Kangoo Jump exercises for 8 weeks and at the end, all individuals were tested for dynamic balance and postural sway as a post-test. In order to analyze the research data, the method of analysis of covariance was used.
Findings showed that performing KJ in the experimental group significantly improved the dynamic balance in children with ASD disorder. Although no difference was observed between the two groups in postural control.
The use of Kangoo jumps to improve dynamic balance in children with ASD is useful and beneficial. Therefore, these interventions can improve various aspects of development and balance in children with ASD.

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