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Minerva Psichiatrica 2008 March;49(1):29-36

language: Italian

Effects of physical activity on motor-related compliance in psychiatric inpatients

Giuliani A. 1, Angelozzi M. 1, Madama M. 1, Valenti M. 2

1 Facoltà di Scienze Motorie Università degli Studi dell’Aquila, L’Aquila
2 Dipartimento di Medicina Interna e Sanità Pubblica Presidenza CdL Scienza e Tecnica dello Sport Università degli Studi dell’Aquila, L’Aquila


Aim. Mental disorders are often associated with sedentary life style that causes worsening on motor skills and subsequently on daily life’s activities. This condition could be a limiting factor on life’s quality in people affected by psychiatric diseases. The aim of this study was to investigate the role of physical activities on understanding physical tasks in psychiatric in-patients.
Methods. Thirteen patients with mental disorders participated in this study. During a five month period the patients followed a physical activity program. At the beginning and at the end of treatment a functional evaluation was undertaken. Maximal voluntary contraction (MVC) of the knee extensors, MVC in hand grip test and balance skills were evaluated.
Results. At the end of the treatment, the results highlighted an improvement of the capacity to understand the physical assignments. The fundamental role of the physical activity in the motivation of people with psychic disorders was reconfirmed.
Conclusion. Physical activities play an important role in improving physical task understanding. When physical activities for people with psychic disorders are programmed, it is necessary to consider not only the physiological effects on the subject but also the condition that the psychic pathology imposes.

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