publication . Article . 2014

Effects of Tai Chi Chuan on the elderly balance: a semi-experimental study

Pablo Rafael Konig; Eveline Galarza; Natália Batista Albuquerque Goulart; Fábio Juner Lanferdini; Carlos Leandro Tiggeman; Caroline Pieta Dias;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2014 Journal: Revista Brasileira de Geriatria e Gerontologia, volume 17, pages 373-381 (eissn: 1809-9823, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: FapUNIFESP (SciELO)
Abstract
Aging impairs the functional capacity, possibly compromising the balance over the years. However, Tai Chi Chuan is a martial art that can provide balance improvements in elderly people. This study aimed to evaluate balance in elderly after three and six months of Tai Chi Chuan practicing. Participants were 27 individuals (62±4.4 years) who underwent Tai Chi Chuan training (one hour each) twice a week, for six months. Balance was assessed by the Timed Up and Go (TUG) test, Berg Balance Scale (BBS) and Romberg test, all evaluated before and after three and six months of practicing. MANOVA for repeated measures was used to compare times in TUG and BBS tests. The Co...
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free text keywords: Tai Chi Chuan, Balance, Elderly, Equilíbrio, Idosos, Berg Balance Scale, Repeated measures design, Multivariate analysis of variance, Timed up and go, Romberg test, Physical therapy, medicine.medical_specialty, medicine, Accident prevention, business.industry, business, Physical medicine and rehabilitation, Geriatrics, RC952-954.6
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