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Tai Chi improves mental and physical health among college students

Tai Chi improves mental and physical health among college students


Wang Y.

Division of Physical Therapy, Georgia State University, 140 Decatur Street, Atlanta, GA 30303, USA.


Medicine and sport science, 2008;52:135-45



Physical exercise has positive effects on the body as well as on the mind. The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of Tai Chi exercise on college students' perceptions of their physical and mental health.



A 3-month Tai Chi program (1 hour a time, twice a week) was administrated to 30 college students. A health survey questionnaire was employed to evaluate the mental health dimension (MHD) and physical health dimension (PHD) before and after the intervention. PHD including physical functioning, role physical, bodily pain, general health, and MHD including social functioning, role mental/emotion function, vitality, and perceptions of mental health were assessed.



Physical measures of bodily pain and general health, and mental measures of role mental/emotion function, vitality, and mental health were significantly improved after Tai Chi intervention. When the overall PHD or MHD scores were evaluated, the MHD increased significantly.



Tai Chi exercise had positive effects on the self-assessed physical and mental health of college students. Scores on the MHD appeared to be particularly sensitive to change. Colleges/universities might consider offering Tai Chi as a component of their ongoing physical activity programs available to students.


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