Effects of a Dance Program on Static Balance on a Platform in Young Adults With Down Syndrome

in Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly
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The purpose of the study was to compare postural control in static standing in young adults with and without Down syndrome (DS), with eyes closed and eyesopen, before and after an 18-wk dance-based training program. The study included 11 young people with DS age 20.5 (1.3) yr and 11 without DS age 20.2 (2.0) yr.All parameters were recorded before and after the training program. Parameters related to center of pressure (COP; closed and open eyes) were recorded from aplatform with the participant in bipedal standing position during 30 s. The results suggest that young people with DS have worse COP control in both visual conditions (closed and open eyes) and are affected by visual information in a different way than their peers without DS. In the group of young adults with DS, thedance-based training program improved some parameters related to the use of visual input in controlling COP.

Gutiérrez-Vilahú, Massó-Ortigosa, Costa-Tutusaus, and Rey-Abella are with the Blanquerna School of Health Science, and Guerra-Balic, the Blanquerna Faculty of Psychology, Education and Sports Sciences, Ramon Llull University, Barcelona, Spain.

Address author correspondence to Núria Massó-Ortigosa at nuriamo@blanquerna.url.edu.