Twelve weeks of BodyBalance® training improved balance and functional task performance in middle-aged and older adults

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Nicholson, Vaughan P., McKean, Mark R. and Burkett, Brendan J.. (2014). Twelve weeks of BodyBalance® training improved balance and functional task performance in middle-aged and older adults. Clinical Interventions in Aging. 9, pp. 1895 - 1904. https://doi.org/10.2147/CIA.S71769
AuthorsNicholson, Vaughan P., McKean, Mark R. and Burkett, Brendan J.
Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of the study was to evaluate the effect of BodyBalance® training on balance, functional task performance, fear of falling, and health-related quality of life in adults aged over 55 years. Participants and methods: A total of 28 healthy, active adults aged 66±5 years completed the randomized controlled trial. Balance, functional task performance, fear of falling, and self-reported quality of life were assessed at baseline and after 12 weeks. Participants either undertook two sessions of BodyBalance per week for 12 weeks (n=15) or continued with their normal activities (n=13). Results: Significant group-by-time interactions were found for the timed up and go (P=0.038), 30-second chair stand (P=0.037), and mediolateral center-of-pressure range in narrow stance with eyes closed (P=0.017). There were no significant effects on fear of falling or self-reported quality of life. Conclusion: Twelve weeks of BodyBalance training is effective at improving certain balance and functional based tasks in healthy older adults.

Keywordspostural control; yoga; tai chi; center of pressure; exercise
Year2014
JournalClinical Interventions in Aging
Journal citation9, pp. 1895 - 1904
PublisherDove Medical Press Ltd.
ISSN1176-9092
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.2147/CIA.S71769
Scopus EID2-s2.0-84938683498
Open accessOpen access
Page range1895 - 1904
Research GroupSchool of Allied Health
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