Date Approved


Graduate Degree Type


Degree Name

Physical Therapy (M.S.)

Degree Program

Physical Therapy

First Advisor

Barb Baker

Second Advisor

Jennifer McWain

Third Advisor

Neal Rogness


The purpose of this study was to assess possible improvements in balance following a downhill ski program at Cannonsburg Ski Area. The 15 subjects' ages ranged from 7-67 and were obtained by a convenience sample of participants in the Cannonsburg Challenged Ski Association. Diagnoses of the participants included cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, cerebral vascular accident, hearing impaired, visually impaired, and developmentally disabled.; A pre-test, post-test design was used to assess the participants balance using the functional reach test--yardstick method. Data was analyzed by computer using the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS). Using the t-test for paired comparisons, a statistically significant increase in mean distance reached was noted (t = 2.46, p = 0.01, df = 14, alpha = 0.05) following the ski season. The results of this study indicated that standing balance was improved for children and adults with various disabilities following participation in the Cannonsburg Challenged Ski Program.


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