Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/16246
Title: Elder Chinese martial art practitioners have higher radial bone strength, hand-grip strength, and better standing balance control
Authors: Fong, SS
Guo, X 
Cheung, AP
Jo, AT
Lui, GK
Mo, DK
Ng, SSM 
Tsang, WW 
Issue Date: 2013
Source: ISRN Rehabilitation, 2013, v. 2013, p. 1-6 How to cite?
Journal: ISRN Rehabilitation 
Abstract: This study explored the feasibility of using Ving Tsun (VT) martial art as a fall-prevention exercise for male seniors. We compared the radial bone strength, hand-grip strength, and standing balance control of senior VT practitioners and nonpractitioners under various sensory environments. Sixteen male VT practitioners (mean age ± SD: 51.3±7.8 years) and 17 sex- and age-matched control adults (mean age ± SD: 53.7 ± 5.9 years) participated in the study. The bone strength of the distal radius, hand-grip strength, and standing balance control were assessed using an ultrasound bone sonometer, a Jamar dynamometer, and sensory organization test (SOT) on the NeuroCom Balance Master, respectively. A multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA) was used to compare the outcome variables between the two groups. Results revealed that VT practitioners had significantly higher radial bone strength (T-score) on the dominant side (P = 0.015), hand-grip strength (dominant side, P = 0.034; nondominant side, P = 0.026), and standing balance control (SOT composite equilibrium score, P = 0.005) than the control participants. Male elder VT practitioners had higher radial bone strength, hand-grip strength, and better standing balance control than nonpractitioners. Our findings shed light on the use of VT exercise to prevent falls and fall-related fractures of the distal radius in male elders.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/16246
ISSN: 2090-6137(electronic)
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