A CASE STUDY OF THE APPLICATION OF HIPPOTHERAPY IN SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN WITH MULTIPLE DISABILITIES Cover Image

A CASE STUDY OF THE APPLICATION OF HIPPOTHERAPY IN SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN WITH MULTIPLE DISABILITIES
A CASE STUDY OF THE APPLICATION OF HIPPOTHERAPY IN SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN WITH MULTIPLE DISABILITIES

Author(s): Kristýna MIŠKOVSKÁ, Markéta JANATOVÁ, Kateřina Čapková, Martin VÍTĚZNÍK
Subject(s): School education, Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Behaviorism, Methodology and research technology, Health and medicine and law, Inclusive Education / Inclusion
Published by: SAMOSATO, s. r. o., Bratislava, Slovensko - MAUREA, s. r. o., Plzeň, Česká republika
Keywords: hippotherapy; heart rate; Down´s syndrome; Prader-Willi syndrome; cerebral palsy;

Summary/Abstract: Introduction: Hippotherapy is a physiotherapeutic method based on influencing the patient by three-dimensional mechanics of horseback movement. The method is used mainly in pediatric patients with various types of disabilities to improve motor and cognitive functions. Aim: The aim of the study is to evaluate the effect of hippotherapy in children with multiple disabilities. Material and methods: Within this case study, impact of hippotherapy on three school-age patients with multiple disabilities was observed. Heart rate was measured and recorded during the therapy and during the contact with the horse before and after the therapy. Prior to the study and after 6 weeks period, an examination was performed by physiotherapist. Results: Significant drop in heart rate was observed in all three patients, corresponding with getting in the contact with the horse, getting on the horse and at the beginning of the ride. Heart rate raised again when the patient conducted active physical exercise. Based on the final examination improved body posture and gait was observed. Conclusion: We verified in the scope of three cases that impact of hippotherapy on children can be assessed based on detecting changes in heart rate. Improvement in fields on which this therapy aims was observed.

  • Issue Year: 15/2020
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 174-178
  • Page Count: 5
  • Language: English