The Effect of 12 Weeks Functional Training on Dynamic Balance in healthy Older Women
Falling in the elderly is common and dynamic balance has direct effecton it. Therefore, we decided to study the effect of functional training on dynamicbalance in healthy elderly women.
Materials And Methods
Thirty healthy elderly women were purposefully selectedas subjects and then randomly divided into two equal groups (control andexperimental groups). The dynamic balance was measured by functional test (TUG).The control group didn’t participate in any exercise training, but the experimentalgroup performed functional training for 12 weeks. Differences between the pre andpost tests were tested with a paired t-test and the differences between the two groupswere tested with an independent t-test. The criterion for significance was set at P >0.05.
Dynamic balance didn’t have any significant changes following functionaltraining after 12 weeks in control groups (P= 0.11). The time of TUG test as adynamic balance index, in the within and between groups analysis, in theexperimental groups significantly decreased (P = 0/ 000).
Functional training can effectively improve dynamic balance and socan play a significant role in healthy life in older women.
Iranian Journal of Ageing, Volume:5 Issue:18, 2010
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