International Journal of Exercise Science 13(3): 1317-1325, 2020. Postural stability, one’s ability to maintain an upright stable position, is a crucial aspect of functional mobility and independent living. The purpose of this study was to examine if integrative dance classes have the potential to improve the postural stability in individuals with Down syndrome (DS). Utilizing a one group design, seven participants with DS were evaluated before and after a 12-week integrative dance class (ClinicalTrials.gov#NCT03660423). Postural stability was evaluated in uni- and bilateral quiet standing using a Wii Balance Board. Stability levels were measured based on changes in center of pressure (CoP) variables. Pre to post changes were found in in CoPx displacement (Z = -2.028, p = 0.043) and average speed (Z = -2.197, p = 0.028) in the eyes closed condition and in CoPy displacement with eyes open (Z = -2.366, p = 0.018). These data indicate improved postural stability following an intervention of integrative dance and a potential for improved functional mobility and decreased fall risk for the participants involved. This preliminary study suggests the need for further research into the effects of integrative dance on postural stability in those with DS and its use as a rehabilitative tool.
DiPasquale, Sarah E.; Canter, Benjamin; and Roberts, Mary
"Integrative Dance for Adults with Down Syndrome: Effects on Postural Stability,"
International Journal of Exercise Science: Vol. 13
3, Pages 1317 - 1325.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.wku.edu/ijes/vol13/iss3/16