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Tai chi chuan, an alternative form of exercise for health promotion and disease prevention for older adults in the community.
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PMID:  20841054     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
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Thirty-six men and women age fifty or older participated in a study to examine the health effects of Tai Chi Chuan on older adults in a community setting. Participants in the experimental group (n = 23) received thirty-two one-hour sessions of Tai Chi Chuan instruction in sixteen weeks. Health effects were determined by measuring heart rate, blood pressure, muscle tension, anxiety, and flexibility. Results of data analysis indicated participants received training in Tai Chi Chuan had a greater improvement in flexibility and muscle relaxation than participants who did not receive training. In addition to retaining improved flexibility and muscle relaxation, participants in the experimental group also showed significant improvements in blood pressure, anxiety scores at the follow-up session. These results appear to support the beneficial effects of practicing Tai Chi Chuan for health promotion and disease prevention for older adults in the community.
Authors:
W W Chen; W Y Sun
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  International quarterly of community health education     Volume:  16     ISSN:  0272-684X     ISO Abbreviation:  Int Q Community Health Educ     Publication Date:  1996 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-09-15     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8010942     Medline TA:  Int Q Community Health Educ     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  333-9     Citation Subset:  -    
Affiliation:
University of Florida, Gainesville.
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