J Sport Rehabil. 2018 Feb 6:1-16.

Effect of 12-week- Rebound Therapy Exercise on Static Stability of Patients with Spinal Cord Injury.

Sadeghi M1, Ghasemi G1, Karimi M2.

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In order to resolve the impairments associated with SCI such as decreased balance, patients have been recommended to undergo various therapeutic strategies, including the use of different physical exercise methods. The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficiency of using rebound therapy (exercise on a trampoline) on SCI individuals' static stability.

Sixteen SCI people (ASIA classification: A=6, B=6, C=2, D=2) were randomly assigned to an experimental (rebound exercise) group or a control group. The rebound therapy exercise program, lasting 12 weeks, was performed by means of a modified trampoline. During the said period, the experimental group received rebound therapy exercise for 10-30 minutes three sessions a week. Standing stability parameters (i.e. excursion, velocity, and path length of COP in ML and AP plan) were assessed before and after the exercise intervention by Kistler force plate (50*60 cm). Data were analyzed by RM-ANOVA.

Significant interactions were observed for all six dependent variables except excursion of COP in ML and the path length of COP in AP plane (P < 0.01). This means that the control group had no progress, while the experimental group made a significant improvement in terms of static stability.

The results of this study confirmed that rebound therapy could reinforce the static stability of SCI individuals during motionless standing. It suggests that rebound exercise is a useful sports rehabilitation method for patients with SCI and other wheelchair-bound individuals.

Physical Exercise; Rebound Therapy; Spinal Cord Injury; Stability; Trampoline