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Indexed/Abstracted in: BIOSIS Previews, EMBASE, Scopus, Emerging Sources Citation Index
Online ISSN 1827-1812
Kyoko TERADA 1, Ayako SATONAKA 2, Yasuto TERADA 3, Nobuharu SUZUKI 2, 4, 5
1 Faculty of Liberal Arts, Nagoya College, Toyoake, Japan; 2 Graduate School of Medicine, Nagoya University, Higashi-ku, Japan; 3 Faculty of Nursing Education, Nagoya Keizai University of Economics Junior College, Inuyama, Japan; 4 Department of Health Science, Tokoha University, Hamamatsu, Japan; 5 Institute for Developmental Research, Aichi Human Service Center, Kasugai, Japan
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to investigate whether wheelchair dance was the exercise or the physical activity that could affect aerobic fitness in bedridden individuals with severe athetospastic cerebral palsy.
METHODS: Six bedridden individuals with severe athetospastic cerebral palsy participated in this study. Oxygen uptake (VO2) and heart rate (HR) were measured during dance styles of waltz and jive while being seated in a wheelchair. VO2 and HR were compared during rest, waltz, and jive using one-way ANOVA.
RESULTS: While no significant difference was observed in VO2 during the rest, Waltz, and Jive (F=2.463, P=0.07), HR during the rest, Waltz, and Jive was significantly different (F=4.196, P=0.04). Tukey HSD revealed significant difference between the rest and Jive (P=0.03)
CONCLUSIONS: During jive, there was equivalent to light intensity exercise and was not sufficient to have a training effect on aerobic fitness. Further investigations regarding the potential effectiveness of frequent wheelchair dance in improving aerobic fitness of bedridden individuals with severe athetospastic cerebral palsy are warranted.