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Core Muscle Strengthening Improves Balance Performance in Community-Dwelling Older Adults: A Pilot Study.
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PMID:  23348043     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
To determine the effect core muscle strengthening on balance in community-dwelling older adults, 24 healthy men and women between 65-85 years old were randomized to either exercise (EX; n = 12) or control (CON; n = 12) groups. The exercise group performed a core strengthening home exercise program thrice weekly for 6 weeks. Core muscle (curl-up test), functional reach (FR) and star excursion balance test (SEBT) were assessed at baseline and follow-up. There were no group differences at baseline. At follow-up, EX exhibited significantly greater improvements in curl-up (Cohen's d = 4.4), FR (1.3), and SEBT (>1.9 for all directions) than CON. The change in curl-up was significantly correlated with the change in FR (r = 0.44, p = 0.03) and SEBT (r>0.61, p≤0.002). These results suggest that core strengthening should be part of a comprehensive balance-training program for older adults.
Nicole Kahle; Michael A Tevald
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-1-23
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of aging and physical activity     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1543-267X     ISO Abbreviation:  J Aging Phys Act     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-1-25     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9415639     Medline TA:  J Aging Phys Act     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH.
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