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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
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