The effect of short-term balance training on community-dwelling older adults
2001 (English)In: Journal of Aging & Physical Activity, ISSN 1063-8652 (print) 1543-267X (online), Vol. 9, no 1, 19-31 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This study evaluated a balance-training program's influence in healthy older adults. Fifteen community-dwelling participants aged 70Ð75 years were randomized to an exercise group, and 15 gender- and age-matched participants, to a control group. The 9-week training program comprised ordinary-life balance, vestibular-habituation, and ball exercises and station training. Clinical balance tests were conducted before and after training. Tests that showed significant improvement in the exercise group after the intervention included standing on the right leg with eyes closed, standing on the right leg and the left leg while turning the head and walking 30 m. Significant between-group differences were found at posttest. A significant decrease was seen in the control group in the walking-forward test, and this change was significantly different between groups. The study indicates that balance performance in healthy older adults might be improved by balance training including exercises that stimulate multiple sensory systems and their central integration.
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2001. Vol. 9, no 1, 19-31 p.
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-13679OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-13679DiVA: diva2:21151