Aquatic Exercises for Spinal Cord Injuries

The effects of aquatic exercise on pulmonary function in patients with spinal cord injury

Jung J. and Kim K. from the Department of Physical Therapy, Daegu University; Chung E and Lee J. from the Department of Physical Therapy, Andong Science College; Lee BH., Department of Physical Therapy, Sahmyook University; Republic of Korea, May 2014

 

Purpose

The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of aquatic exercise on pulmonary function of patients with spinal cord injury.

 

Subjects

The subjects were randomly allocated to an aqua group (n=10) and a land group (n=10).

 

Methods

Both groups trained for 60 minutes, 3 times a week for 8 weeks. Pulmonary function was assessed by measuring the forced vital capacity (FVC), forced expiratory flow rate (FER), force expiratory volume at one second (FEV1) and force expiratory volume at one second/forced vital capacity (FEV1/FVC).

 

Results

Following the intervention, the aqua group showed significant changes in FVC, FER, FEV1, and FEV1/FVC. The land group showed only significant differences FER.

 

Conclusion

The results of this study suggest the effects on the aqua group were significantly higher than those on the land group in patients with spinal cord injury.

 

Reference: PMID: 24926136

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