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Positive long-term effects of pilates exercise on the aged-related decline in balance and strength in older, community-dwelling men and women

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Bird, M-L and Fell, J, Positive long-term effects of pilates exercise on the aged-related decline in balance and strength in older, community-dwelling men and women, Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 22, (3) pp. 342-347. ISSN 1063-8652 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2014 Human Kinetics, Inc.

DOI: doi:10.1123/JAPA.2013-0006

Abstract

This study investigated the effect of Pilates exercise on physical fall risk factors 12 months after an initial 5-week Pilates intervention. The authors hypothesized that ongoing Pilates participation would have a positive effect on physical fall risk factors in those who continued with Pilates exercise compared with those who ceased. Thirty older ambulatory adults (M = 69 years, SD = 7) participated in Pilates classes for 5 weeks with testing preintevention (Time 1 [T1]) and postintervention (Time 2 [T2]) and 12 months later (Time 3 [T3]). Balance and leg strength were compared using a 2-way analysis of variance with repeated measures. Postural sway, dynamic balance, and function improvements evident after the initial Pilates training (T1T2) were maintained at T3 (p < .01). Significant differences existed at T3 for dynamic balance and strength between participants who continued performing Pilates (n = 14) and those who had ceased. Balance improvements after a short Pilates intervention were maintained 1 year later in all participants, with increased benefits from ongoing participation.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:timed up and go, falls risk factors, postural balance, accidental falls
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Human Movement and Sports Science
Research Field:Exercise Physiology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health)
Objective Field:Health Related to Ageing
Author:Bird, M-L (Dr Marie-Louise Bird)
Author:Fell, J (Associate Professor James Fell)
ID Code:85673
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:10
Deposited By:Health Sciences A
Deposited On:2013-07-29
Last Modified:2017-10-31
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