Document Type : Research Paper
Assistant professor of Corrective Exercise and Sport Injuries, Faculty of Sports Sciences, University of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran
Associate professor of Corrective Exercise and Sport Injuries, Faculty of Sports Sciences, University of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran
full professor of Rehabilitation Science, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran
Background. Energy consumption and body mass index are two of the most important complications associated with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) that can be improved by exercise rehabilitation. The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficiency of using rebound therapy on energy consumption and body mass index of SCI individuals'.
Methods. Sixteen SCI people (ASIA classification: A=6, B=6, C=2, D=2) were selected and randomly divided in two group (an experimental (rebound exercise) group or a control group). The experimental (rebound exercise) group were done exercise program by means of a modified trampoline for 12 weeks (10-30 minutes three sessions a week). Energy consumption (by the physiological cost index (PCI)) and body mass index (by standard formula) were assessed before and after the exercise intervention. Data were analyzed by RM-ANOVA in SPSS software.
Results. The results of RM-ANOVA were shown significant interaction in both criteria (P < 0.01). This means that the experimental group changes were more significant rather than control group.
Conclusion: The results of this study confirmed that rebound therapy could improve the on energy consumption and BMI of SCI individuals. It suggests that rebound exercise can be a useful sports rehabilitation method for patients with SCI.