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Integrating pilates exercise into an exercise program for 65+ year-old women to reduce falls.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  24149302     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
The purpose of this study was to determine if Pilates exercise could improve dynamic balance, flexibility, reaction time and muscle strength in order to reduce the number of falls among older women. 60 female volunteers over the age of 65 from a residential home in Ankara participated in this study. Participants joined a 12-week series of 1-hour Pilates sessions three times per week. Dynamic balance, flexibility, reaction time and muscle strength were measured before and after the program. The number of falls before and during the 12-week period was also recorded. Dynamic balance, flexibility, reaction time and muscle strength improved (p < 0. 05) in the exercise group when compared to the non-exercise group. In conclusion, Pilates exercises are effective in improving dynamic balance, flexibility, reaction time, and muscle strength as well as decreasing the propensity to fall in older women. Key pointsPilates-based exercises improve dynamic balance, reaction time and muscle strength in the elderly.Pilates exercise may reduce the number of falls in elderly women by increasing these fitness parameters.
Authors:
Gonul Babayigit Irez; Recep Ali Ozdemir; Ruya Evin; Salih Gokhan Irez; Feza Korkusuz
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2011-03-01
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of sports science & medicine     Volume:  10     ISSN:  1303-2968     ISO Abbreviation:  J Sports Sci Med     Publication Date:  2011  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-10-23     Completed Date:  2013-10-23     Revised Date:  2014-01-24    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101174629     Medline TA:  J Sports Sci Med     Country:  Turkey    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  105-11     Citation Subset:  -    
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