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Twelve weeks of BodyBalance® training improved balance and functional task performance in middle-aged and older adults

Authors Nicholson VP, McKean MR, Burkett BJ

Received 25 July 2014

Accepted for publication 7 August 2014

Published 6 November 2014 Volume 2014:9 Pages 1895—1904

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/CIA.S71769

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Richard Walker

Vaughan P Nicholson, Mark R McKean, Brendan J Burkett

School of Health and Sport Sciences, University of the Sunshine Coast, Sunshine Coast, QLD, Australia

Purpose: The purpose of the study was to evaluate the effect of BodyBalance® training on balance, functional task performance, fear of falling, and health-related quality of life in adults aged over 55 years.
Participants and methods: A total of 28 healthy, active adults aged 66±5 years completed the randomized controlled trial. Balance, functional task performance, fear of falling, and self-reported quality of life were assessed at baseline and after 12 weeks. Participants either undertook two sessions of BodyBalance per week for 12 weeks (n=15) or continued with their normal activities (n=13).
Results: Significant group-by-time interactions were found for the timed up and go (P=0.038), 30-second chair stand (P=0.037), and mediolateral center-of-pressure range in narrow stance with eyes closed (P=0.017). There were no significant effects on fear of falling or self-reported quality of life.
Conclusion: Twelve weeks of BodyBalance training is effective at improving certain balance and functional based tasks in healthy older adults.

Keywords: postural control, yoga, tai chi, center of pressure, exercise

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