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Can the Pediatric Balance Scale Detect Changes in Functional Balance in Children Participating in Community-Based Fitness Programs?

Elizabeth Galleher
Jenna Kent
Rachel Shopene
Taylor Tilley


The Pediatric Balance Scale (PBS) is an outcome measure commonly used by physical therapists to examine balance capabilities in children 2 to 13 years of age. The PBS with current modifications contains 20 common balance items that a child routinely does throughout the day at home and in school. The purpose of this study is twofold: first to investigate how children of different ages and abilities perform on the PBS and second to determine if the revised PBS is capable of detecting change in balance abilities over time and in response to therapeutic interventions. Specifically, this phase of the study aims to examine the tool's ability to detect change in functional balance capabilities in young adults with known balance dysfunction who participate in a community-based fitness and/or dance program. The focus of this poster is to review the literature related to community-based fitness programs and their effect on balance skills.