Effects of Ritalin on Postural Stability of Hyper Active Children
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Experimental design overview The proposed project is a prospective experimental study design. Children (age <15) suffer from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) that their Parents willing to participate in the study will be tested with well-established measuring techniques of Balance control before and 1 hour after taking of Methylphenidate (Ritalin) in the movement and Rehabilitation Laboratory at BGU. An automated algorithm will be used to extract standardized stabilogram-diffusion parameters from each of the COP data sets collected during quiet standing. These parameters include diffusion coefficients, critical displacement, critical time and scaling exponents for both lateral and anterior-posterior sway directions (Collins & De Luca, 1993). For each of the conditions (before and 1 hour after the use of Ritalin) in three task conditions single task; dual task (concentrating and identifying specific music); and just Listening to a relaxing music. Participants will be required to stand on the platform 10 times for 30 s. For each trial, they will be instructed to sway as little as possible.
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Ages Eligible for Study:
6 Years to 12 Years (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:
Age 6-12 years old
Diagnosed as ADHD childrens by a neurologist
Taking methylphenidate (Ritalin)
Children who suffer from CP, or other neurological disease
Children who suffer from psychiatric state
Children who suffer from orthopedic condition (1/2 a year after a fracture in the lower limb)
Keywords provided by Soroka University Medical Center:
attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
The focus of the study is To explore the effects of Ritalin on postural control in ADHD Children, during single and dual task conditions.
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity
Attention Deficit and Disruptive Behavior Disorders
Nervous System Diseases
Signs and Symptoms
Central Nervous System Stimulants
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Dopamine Uptake Inhibitors
Neurotransmitter Uptake Inhibitors
Membrane Transport Modulators
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action