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BACKGROUND The mechanism of the breathing retraining effect on asthma control is not adequately based on evidence. OBJECTIVE The present study was designed to evaluate the effect of physiotherapy-based breathing retraining on asthma control and on asthma physiological indices across time. STUDY DESIGN A 6-month controlled study was conducted. Adult(More)
The purpose of the present study was to examine the validity and reliability of the Asthma Quality of Life Questionnaire-AQLQ(S) in a sample of 160 Greek patients with asthma. Following evidence for sample-specific validity, the AQLQ(S) model was examined through exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis. An 18-item AQLQ(S) with the four factors of(More)
OBJECTIVES The study provided validity and reliability evidence of the Fatigue Severity Scale (FSS) in Greek patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). MATERIALS AND METHODS The FSS was administered to 72 MS patients, without co morbid fatigue and 75 matched paired controls with respect to gender and age. Both groups responded to the FSS, SF-36v2, BDI-II and(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of a treadmill program on gross motor function, walking speed, and spasticity of ambulatory adolescents with spastic cerebral palsy (diplegia and tetraplegia). DESIGN In this randomized controlled trial, 22 adolescents (13-19 yrs old) from a special school for children with physical disabilities(More)
The aim of this study was to investigate the acute effects of static (SS) and dynamic stretching (DS) on explosive power, flexibility, and sprinting ability of adolescent boys and girls and to report possible gender interactions. Forty-seven active adolescent boys and girls were randomly tested after SS and DS of 40 seconds on quadriceps, hamstrings, hip(More)
The study was designed to examine the sport achievement orientations of male wheelchair basketball athletes who differed by onset of experienced disability (congenital and acquired). The full Sport Orientation Questionnaire was administered to 166 U.S. national athletes. Athletes with congenital disabilities had higher mean scores than their peers with(More)
The study was designed to examine the competitive state anxiety and self-confidence of rhythmic gymnasts participating in the Greek national competition. 86 participants, ages 11 and 12 years, completed the Competitive State Anxiety Inventory-2, 1 hr. before competition. The athletes, classified by performance (high and low performance) and participation in(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine the validity and clinical utility of functional assessments (1-minute walk test, 10-meter walk test, Timed Up & Go [TUG] test, Timed Up and Down Stairs [TUDS] test, sit-to-stand [STS] test, and lateral step-up [LSU] test). DESIGN Cross-sectional study. SETTING Four special schools for adolescents with physical disabilities. (More)
INTRODUCTION The Nijmegen questionnaire (NQ) has previously been used for screening the hyperventilation syndrome (HVS) in asthmatics. However, no validity study has been reported so far. OBJECTIVE To examine the validity and reliability of the NQ in asthma patients and identify the prevalence of HVS. METHODS The NQ (n = 162) was examined for(More)
PURPOSE The present study examined the concurrent and construct validity of the Lateral Step Up (LSU) test, for adolescents with CP. METHOD A total of 35 adolescents, classified as GMFCS Levels I, II and III, were examined using LSU, GMFM - 88 (D & E), other functional mobility measures (TUG, STS, TUDS), body structures and functions (strength, ROM and(More)