Immediate Effects of a Hippotherapy Session on Gait Parameters in Children with Spastic Cerebral Palsy

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Abstract

Purpose:

The purpose of this study was to examine the immediate effects of a hippotherapy session on temporal and spatial gait parameters in children with spastic cerebral palsy (CP).

Methods:

Subjects comprised 9 children with a diagnosis of CP, 6 girls and 3 boys, 7 to 18 years of age. Data for temporal and spatial gait parameters were collected immediately before and after a hippotherapy session.

Results:

No statistically significant differences (p < 0.05) were noted in the postride temporal and spatial gait parameter values when compared with the preride values.

Conclusions:

This study provides baseline data for future research and useful clinical information for physical therapists using hippotherapy as a treatment modality for children with spastic CP.

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