Could a multitask balance training program complement the balance training in healthy preschool children: A quasi-experimental study

Vanesa Abuín-Porras, Carmen Jiménez Antona, María Blanco-Morales, Antonio Palacios, Carlos Romero-Morales, Daniel López-López, Jorge Hugo Villafañe, Isabel Rodríguez-Costa

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Abstract

This prospective quasi-experimental study investigated the efficacy of a multitask balance training program to improve the balancing ability of healthy preschool children. A total of 85 (51.8% boys) healthy preschool children aged 4-6 years were randomly divided into an intervention group and a control group. The intervention group received a multitask balance training program, while the control group received a placebo training program. Outcomes were collected at baseline and immediately following the intervention. Independent members of the research team recorded balance skill measurements in the cohort at pre- and post-training using the Pediatric Balance Scale (PBS). Balance-related outcomes were recorded using the Battelle Development Inventory in Spanish using the second edition (BDI-II). A significant effect of time interaction (F = 7.27, p = 0.015; F = 6.16, p = 0.02 and F = 7.41, p = 0.014) existed for the PBS and BDI-II over balance immediately after the intervention (p < 0.001 for each). A significant group-by-time interaction was detected for the PBS and BDI-II (p < 0.001 and p = 0.006, respectively). This study supports the efficacy of multitask-based balance training programs to improve balance in children aged 4-6 years.

Original languageEnglish
Article number4100
JournalApplied Sciences (Switzerland)
Volume10
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2020

Keywords

  • Balance
  • Children
  • Training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Instrumentation
  • Engineering(all)
  • Process Chemistry and Technology
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes

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    Abuín-Porras, V., Antona, C. J., Blanco-Morales, M., Palacios, A., Romero-Morales, C., López-López, D., Villafañe, J. H., & Rodríguez-Costa, I. (2020). Could a multitask balance training program complement the balance training in healthy preschool children: A quasi-experimental study. Applied Sciences (Switzerland), 10(12), [4100]. https://doi.org/10.3390/APP10124100