The American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation published the results of a randomized controlled clinical trial on the effects of dance in the functionality and psychosocial adjustment of 26 young people with cerebral palsy (GMFCS levels II to V). The participants were randomly chosen to complete 1 hour sessions, two times per week, for a total of 24 sessions of either kinesiotherapy or dance. Each participant was evaluated with the Functional Independence Measure and World Health Organization Disability Assessment Schedule.
The results indicated that dance increased the classification of:
- independence function
- psychosocial adjustments
- cognitive function
The researchers concluded that dance improved functionality and social activities regarding psychosocial adjustments in cerebral palsy young subjects.
Reference: Teixeira-Machado, Lavinia PT, PhD; Azevedo-Santos, Isabela PT, MD; DeSantana, Josimari Melo PT, PhD. Dance Improves Functionality and Psychosocial Adjustment in Cerebral Palsy: A Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial. American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. Published ahead of print 11/14/16 doi: 10.1097/PHM.0000000000000646.
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