Comparison effect of various Physical, Cognitive, and Combined rehabilitation on memory and attention of veterans with PTSD

Document Type : Original Article


1 Ph.d Student of Motor Behavior at Tehran University

2 Associate professor in Motor Behavior at Tehran University

3 Assistant professor in Motor Behavior at Tehran University

4 in Motor Behavior at Tehran University



Aim and Background: in veterans with PTSD cognitive disorders such as memory and attention caused that as well as the antipsychotic and calmative treatments, were done explorations in line removing these disorders with using different rehabilitation.
The aim of this present study was comparison effect of various rehabilitation on memory and attention of veterans.
Methods: in present semi-experimental study, Forty three veterans of war between Iran and Iraq were targetly selected than divided randomly in four groups including control, physical, cognitive and combinational rehabilitation protocols. The total amount of memory and score of attention interference were measured with Weksler questionnaire
and stroop software test respectively before and after interventions. Statistical analyses were measured by independent t test, two-ways analysis of variance, and covariance.
Founding: the research findings showed that there are significant differences between experimental and control groups in total amount of memory (P<0.05), but there are no significant differences between experimental groups (P>0.05). As well as the significant differences were observed between research groups in score of attention interference. Deep survey showed that these differences were among cognitive and combined rehabilitation protocols with physical protocol.
Conclusion: according with existed memorial and attentional disorders in PTSD veterans, exertion in combinational rehabilitation (aerobic – cognitive training) can leads to a new way for significant improvement in memory performance and selective attention.