Volume 20, Issue 4 (December 2022)                   Iranian Rehabilitation Journal 2022, 20(4): 509-516 | Back to browse issues page

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1- Athletic Trainer, Physical Education, Sport Injurers and Corrective Exercise, Tehran, Iran.
2- Department of Health and Exercise Rehabilitation, Faculty of Health and Sport Sciences, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran.
3- Hearing Disorders Research Center, Hamadan University of Medical Sciences, Hamadan, Iran.
Abstract:   (1195 Views)
Objectives: Due to the importance of postpartum maternal health and the effect of pregnancy on the increase of recti diastasis rectus abdominis (DRA), this study aimed to compare the effect of eight weeks of core and Kegel exercise with emphasis on correcting the respiratory pattern on DRA in multiparous women.
Methods: This is a semi-experimental study that was conducted on 45 pregnant women who had given birth six weeks ago selected according to the inclusion criteria. Individuals were divided into three selected training groups, including central area, Kegel, and control. The covariance analysis was used for intergroup comparison and a correlated t-test was used for comparison within a group. The statistical analysis was done by SPSS software, version 27. 
Results: The results of this study showed the effect of both training programs on reducing the distance between the recti-abdominal muscles (P<0.001). No significant difference was reported between the two training groups in this regard. Also, there was a significant difference in terms of pain between the two training groups and the control group (P<0.05), but there was no significant difference between the two training groups (P>0.045). 
Discussion: Due to the reduction of pain and DRA, it seems that using the two training programs can lead to desirable results for the people and represents the importance of using the exercises in the postpartum period.
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Article type: Original Research Articles | Subject: Sport medicine
Received: 2022/01/9 | Accepted: 2022/05/14 | Published: 2022/12/7

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