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Improvements in Functional Capacity From Nordic Walking: A Randomized-Controlled Trial Among Elderly People.
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PMID:  21949243     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
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This study examined the effects of an instructed structured Nordic Walking (NW) exercise programme on the functional capacity of older sedentary people. Volunteers were randomly assigned to a NW group (68.2±3.8 yrs old) or control group (69.9±3.0 yrs old). Prior to and at the end of the nine-week intervention functional tests and 2-D ground reaction forces (GRF) patterns of normal (1.40 m*s-1), and fast (1.94 m*s-1) walking speeds were measured. The intervention included a 60 minutes supervised NW session on an inside track twice a week for a nine-week period. The mean changes in functional tests differed between the groups significantly. Instead, gait analyses showed no significant differences between the groups on any GRF parameters for walking speed both before and after the intervention. The present study showed that Nordic Walking has favourable effects on functional capacity of older people and is a suitable form of exercise for them.
Authors:
Terttu Parkatti; Jarmo Perttunen; Phyllis Wacker
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-9-15
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of aging and physical activity     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1063-8652     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-9-27     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:  -    
Affiliation:
University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä, Finland.
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