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|Title:||The effects of practicing sitting Tai Chi on balance control and eye-hand coordination in the older adults : a randomized controlled trial|
|Publisher:||Taylor & Francis|
|Source:||Disability and rehabilitation, 2015, v. 37, no. 9, p. 790-794 How to cite?|
|Journal:||Disability and rehabilitation|
|Abstract:||Purpose: The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of 3 months of sitting Tai Chi training on the sitting balance control and eye-hand coordination of older adults subjects.|
Methods: We randomly assigned 59 older adults from four residential care facilities to either sitting Tai Chi group or mobilizing exercises group as control. The sitting Tai Chi group underwent 3 months of training with a total of 36 sessions (1 hour/session, 3 sessions/week). The outcome measures included sitting balance tests (testing sequential weight shifting and forward reaching in a sitting position) and eye-hand coordination tests (reaction time, movement time and accuracy in finger pointing task).
Results: The Tai Chi practitioners showed significant improvement in their sequential weight shifting while sitting (improved by 29.0%, p <= 0.05) and in their maximum reaching distance from a sitting position (improved by 21.2%, p <= 0.05). No such improvements were found in the control group. In the eye-hand coordination test, the sitting Tai Chi practitioners had significant improvements in accuracy (improved by 17.3%, p <= 0.05). Also, no improvement was found in the control group.
Conclusions: The results demonstrate 3-months of sitting Tai Chi training can improve sitting balance and accuracy in finger pointing task in the older adults.
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