Does Stationary Cycling Improve Muscular Strength and Endurance for Pediatric Burned Patients?

Citation:
M.Khalaf, M., and H. M. Kama, "Does Stationary Cycling Improve Muscular Strength and Endurance for Pediatric Burned Patients? ", Bull. Fac. Ph. Th. Cairo Univ., vol. 17, issue 2, pp. 17-23, 2012.

Abstract:

Background: Burn injury is a major problem facing physiotherapists who deal with pediatric burned patients. Management of burned children should be emphasized on quick return to normal function and back to school. Objective: This study was performed to examine the effect of a stationary cycling intervention on muscle strength and endurance in children with lower extremity burns. Intervention: Thirty burned children with 30-40% burn of total body surface area, aged 10-14 years old were randomly assigned to cycling (study) or traditional physical therapy program (control) groups. Thirty-six intervention sessions occurred over 12 weeks. Primary outcomes were peak knee extensor torque using a Biodex System-3 dynamometer and 30 seconds walk test. Results: Significant post-intervention improvementwas found for the peak knee extensor at 150º/second and in the 30 seconds walk test in the studygroup while in the control group significant improvement was recorded in the peak knee extensor at 150º/second only. Also significant difference was recorded post treatment between the two groups in the two evaluation procedures in favor of the study group. Conclusion: It can be concluded that stationary cycling can be used as an effective procedure in improvement of muscle strength and endurance of pediatric burned patient. Key words: Bicycle ergometer, Endurance, Strength, Burned children.

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