The effect of bodyblade exercise programme on functional balance and core stability among elderly in community : a pilot study

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The effect of bodyblade exercise programme on functional balance and core stability among elderly in community : a pilot study

 

Author: Wai, Kwok-pik Rebecca
Title: The effect of bodyblade exercise programme on functional balance and core stability among elderly in community : a pilot study
Degree: M.Sc.
Year: 2006
Subject: Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations.
Older people -- Orientation and mobility.
Exercise for older people.
Department: School of Nursing
Pages: vi, 96 leaves : ill. ; 30 cm.
Language: English
InnoPac Record: http://library.polyu.edu.hk/record=b1973652
URI: http://theses.lib.polyu.edu.hk/handle/200/4343
Abstract: Purpose: The purpose of this study was to explore the feasibility of a main study in the effects of an exercise programme targeted on core strengthening among elderly in a community setting. Method: This study was a single-group pre and post design pilot study carried out in an Integrative Community Health Centre. Five participants were community dwellers (age 71.75+-2.36) who participated in an exercise programme with six bodyblade training postures for approximately 45 minutes, three times/week for six weeks. Two balance tests and three tests for core stability were administered before (week 0) and after exercise training (week 7). The two balance tests namely Timed up and go and single limb stances were used to identify the subjects' ability in both dynamic and static balance. The three testing postures (Bridge, Diagonal hip- and shoulder-extension, and Side bridge) of core stability were used to investigate the subjects' strength and endurance of a group of core muscles. These outcome measures were used to compare the subjects' performance on functional balance and core stability before and after training. Results: Five female adults participated in the bodyblade training and only four completed the entire training program. The participants of the 6-week bodyblade training showed improvement in their timed up and go test (17.1+-7.94 vs 10.7+-1 .85sec; p=0.202), right single limb stance 1 .97+-0.9vs 4.92+-3.48sec; p=0. 143), left single limb stance (5.06+-2.02 vs 6.63+-3.l9sec; p=0.298), Bridging (85.15+-43.28 vs 159.35+-102.11sec; p=0.l36), diagonal hip- and shoulder-extension (20.45+-23.59 vs 42.22+-59.13sec; p=0.312) and side bridge (0.13+-0.25 vs 12.31+-9.1 sec; p=0.79). Conclusions: This pilot demonstrated that a supervised bodyblade exercise programme may be feasible and may improve functional balance and core stability among the community dwelling elderly. A main study is needed with a larger sample to identify optimal exercise interventions which can lead to an improvement in functional balance and core stability among the elderly.

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