Use of a Virtual-Technological Sailing Program to Prepare Children with Disabilities for a Real Sailing Course

Irene Aprile, Chiara Iacovelli, Laura Iuvone, Isabella Imbimbo, Arianna Cruciani, Cristiano Pecchioli, Francesco Maria Manozzi, Luca Padua

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Sailing might produce a positive effect on a patient's general health and become an integrated part of rehabilitation. Our hypothesis was that a specific technological rehabilitation program might be used to prepare a group of disabled subjects for sailing. Seventeen patients (age range: 9-20) with impairments in motor coordination and balance and 15 healthy subjects participated in the study. The study was divided into the virtual-technological sailing phase, theory-practice phase, and sports phase. Proprioceptive platforms were used to evaluate balance, and the Child Health Questionnaire-PF50 was used to evaluate quality of life. Trunk displacement and the center of pressure velocity improved significantly after the virtual-technological sailing program. As regards quality of life, the physical and psychosocial score significantly improved at the end of the program. A technological rehabilitation training improved balance in disabled subjects and may be used to prepare them for a real sailing course. Sailing improves the quality of life of disabled subjects and could be used in the rehabilitation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1074-1080
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Child Neurology
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2016



  • balance
  • disability
  • quality of life
  • sailing
  • technological rehabilitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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