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Development of a Physical Therapy-Based Exercise Program for Adults with Down Syndrome

February 2023 | Mann et al. - International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (2023)


In adults with Down syndrome, the combination of low physical activity and fitness levels and the high prevalence of musculoskeletal co-morbidities stresses the need for specialized exercise programs. The goal of this research study was to develop a specialized exercise program for individuals with Down syndrome using the physical therapy approach of a systems review as the foundation. We first conducted an overview of the literature on co-morbidities in adults with Down syndrome using the systems review method to categorize these findings. We extracted recommendations for content and delivery of an exercise program based on the literature review, and finally composed a specialized exercise program for individuals with Down syndrome adhering to these recommendations.

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Mann Method PT Exercise Program Prescription Chart

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