Effects of Circuit Class Versus Individual Task Specific Training on Balance in Post-Stroke Patients

Rabia Basri, Asif Ali, Shakir Ullah, Maryum Naseem, Haider Darain, Zia Ul Haq


Objective: To compare the efficacy of circuit class versus individual, task specific training on balance,
in post stroke patients.
Methods: From a total of 64 participants, 32 participants were treated in circuit based workstations,
while 32 participants were treated individually for 4 weeks. Importantly, both groups were treated with
standard balance physiotherapy protocols. The treatment was delivered for 5 days per week with 1.5
hours daily. The patients were evaluated for three outcome measures i.e. berg balance scale, time up
and go test and for motor assessment scale at baseline and after treatment.
Results: Patients in both groups reported significant improvement after 4 weeks of training program
compared to baseline on all outcome measures, except time up and go test that did not significantly
improve in individual group. Compared to individual group, circuit group reported more improvement
on berg balance scale scores (31.33 versus 37.80), time up and go test (23.13sec versus 16.67sec) and
on motor assessment scale scores (18.77 versus 20.63) respectively.
Conclusion: Circuit class training is more efficacious in improving balance in stroke patients as
compared to individual task specific training.


Balance dysfunctions, Circuit class training, Physiotherapy

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