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The Effect of Trunk Stability Exercise on Balance and Gait in Stroke Patients
J Korean Soc Phys Med 2010;5(3):413-420
Published online August 31, 2010
© 2010 Korean Society of Physical Medicine.

Ju-min Song, PT, PhD, Soo-min Kim, PT, PhD

Department of Physical Therapy, Sunlin College University
Department of Physical Therapy, Ulsan Science College
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Purpose:The purpose of this study was to demonstrate the effect of trunk stability exercise on various support
base and posture on gait speed, static and dynamic balance performance.
Methods:Included 17 persons with stroke who were living in the community. Trunk stability exercise program
was conducted three times per week, 50 minutes per session, for 8 consecutive weeks. Subjects were tested
with 10 m walking test(sec), multidirectional reach test (cm), timed get up and go test(sec) and K.A.T.3000 at
both (pre and post treatment) time points. Paired t-test was used to exam mean differences between pre and
post treatment by using SPSS 12.0.
Results:After 8 weeks exercise program, there were significant differences in gait speed, static and dynamic
balance performance(p<0.05).
Conclusion:This study have shown that trunk stability exercise on various support base and posture improve
physical functions(gait speed, static and dynamic balance performance).
Keywords : Trunk stability exercise, Stroke, Balance, Gait

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