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Title: Effects of Ving Tsun Chinese martial art training on upper extremity muscle strength and eye-hand coordination in community-dwelling middle-aged and older adults : a pilot study
Authors: Fong, SSM
Ng, SSM 
Cheng, YTY
Wong, JYH
Yu, EYT
Chow, GCC
Chak, YTC
Chan, IKY
Zhang, J
Macfarlane, D
Chung, LMY
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Hindawi Publishing Corporation
Source: Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine, 2016, v. 2016 , 4013989 How to cite?
Journal: Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine 
Abstract: Objectives. To evaluate the effects of Ving Tsun (VT) martial art training on the upper extremity muscle strength and eye-hand coordination of middle-aged and older adults. Methods. This study used a nonequivalent pretest-posttest control group design. Forty-two community-dwelling healthy adults participated in the study; 24 (mean age ± SD = 68.5 ± 6.7 years) underwent VT training for 4 weeks (a supervised VT session twice a week, plus daily home practice), and 18 (mean age ± SD = 72.0 ± 6.7 years) received no VT training and acted as controls. Shoulder and elbow isometric muscle strength and eye-hand coordination were evaluated using the Lafayette Manual Muscle Test System and a computerized finger-pointing test, respectively. Results. Elbow extensor peak force increased by 13.9% (P = 0.007) in the VT group and the time to reach peak force decreased (9.9%) differentially in the VT group compared to the control group (P = 0.033). For the eye-hand coordination assessment outcomes, reaction time increased by 2.9% in the VT group and decreased by 5.3% in the control group (P = 0.002). Conclusions. Four weeks of VT training could improve elbow extensor isometric peak force and the time to reach peak force but not eye-hand coordination in community-dwelling middle-aged and older adults.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/62135
ISSN: 1741-427X
EISSN: 1741-4288
DOI: 10.1155/2016/4013989
Rights: Copyright © 2016 Shirley S. M. Fong et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
The following article: Fong, S. S., Ng, S. S., Cheng, Y. T., Wong, J. Y., Yu, E. Y., Chow, G. C., ... & Chung, L. M. (2016). Effects of Ving Tsun Chinese martial art training on upper extremity muscle strength and eye-hand coordination in community-dwelling middle-aged and older adults: a pilot study. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2016, is available at https//doi.org/10.1155/2016/4013989
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