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The effects of water exercise on physical functioning in older people


Lord, SR and Matters, B and St George, R and Thomas, M and Bindon, J and Chan, DKY and Collings, A and Haren, L, The effects of water exercise on physical functioning in older people, Australasian Journal on Ageing, 25, (1) pp. 36-41. ISSN 1440-6381 (2006) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2006 COTA National Seniors Partnership

DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1741-6612.2006.00138.x


Objective: To determine whether a 22 week water exercise program can improve physical functioning in older people.

Methods: The controlled study was conducted with 85 water exercise subjects (mean age 71.8 years) and 44 controls (mean age 76.5 years). The outcome measures were leaning balance, quadriceps strength, reaction time and shoulder range of motion.

Results: At baseline, the groups were well‐matched across most demographic, health and physical performance measures. At retest, the 48 exercise subjects who were available for retest showed significantly improved leaning balance (as measured by tests of maximal balance range and coordinated stability) and shoulder range of motion compared with the controls. The groups did not differ in tests of quadriceps strength and reaction time.

Conclusions: These findings show that water exercise can produce benefits with regard to improving balance and flexibility in older people.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:aged, balance, flexibility, reaction time, strength, water exercise.
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Clinical sciences
Research Field:Geriatrics and gerontology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:St George, R (Dr Rebecca St George)
ID Code:137146
Year Published:2006
Web of Science® Times Cited:22
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2020-02-03
Last Modified:2020-04-30

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