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The impact of an exercise therapy on psychosocial health of children with benign epilepsy: A pilot study

Authors
 Soyong Eom  ;  Mi Kyung Lee  ;  Ji-Hye Park  ;  Justin Y. Jeon  ;  Hoon-Chul Kang  ;  Joon Soo Lee  ;  Heung Dong Kim 
Citation
 Epilepsy & Behavior, Vol.37 : 151-156, 2014 
Journal Title
 Epilepsy & Behavior 
ISSN
 1525-5050 
Issue Date
2014
Abstract
OBJECTIVES: The purposes of the current study were to test the feasibility of exercise therapy for children with benign epilepsy with centrotemporal spikes (BECTS) and to collect pilot data about the impact of exercise therapy on neurocognitive, emotional, and behavioral outcomes. METHODS: Ten children with BECTS (9.7±1.42 years) participated in a therapeutic exercise program consisting of ten supervised exercise sessions and home-based exercises for five weeks. Electroencephalography (EEG), seizure frequency, and neurocognitive and psychological factors, including attention, executive function, depression, anxiety, behavioral problems, and quality of life, were assessed before and after the exercise program. RESULTS: No clinical symptoms were observed to worsen during the study, demonstrating that the exercise therapy was safe and also feasible. After five weeks of exercise therapy, significant improvements in neurocognitive domains such as simple visual and auditory attention, sustained attention, divided attention, psychomotor speed, and inhibition-disinhibition were observed. Furthermore, parent ratings of internalizing behavioral problems and social problems and mood-related well-being from quality of life improved after exercise therapy. Although not statistically significant, trends were noted toward improvement in children's self-reports of negative mood/somatization, parent reports of somatic complaints, and general health on a quality-of-life measure. CONCLUSIONS: A five-week structured exercise program was successfully implemented, with preliminary data suggesting beneficial impact on neurocognitive and psychobehavioral function. Exercise therapy should be further evaluated as a part of a comprehensive treatment program for children with benign epilepsy.
Full Text
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1525505014002236
DOI
10.1016/j.yebeh.2014.06.017
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1. College of Medicine (의과대학) > Dept. of Psychiatry (정신과학교실) > 1. Journal Papers
1. College of Medicine (의과대학) > Dept. of Pediatrics (소아청소년과학교실) > 1. Journal Papers
Yonsei Authors
강훈철(Kang, Hoon Chul) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3659-8847
김흥동(Kim, Heung Dong) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8031-7336
엄소용(Eom, So Yong)
이준수(Lee, Joon Soo) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9036-9343
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https://ir.ymlib.yonsei.ac.kr/handle/22282913/99073
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