Tai Chi Improves Physical Functional Performance in Middle-Aged Women
April 18, 2014 -
A recent study by University of
Oklahoma examined the effectiveness of an 8-week Tai Chi Chih exercise program
on physical functional performance among women aged 45 to 65 years.
A quasi-experimental design with
a nonequivalent comparison group was used. Forty-one healthy inactive women were
assigned to either an intervention group or a comparison group. A 60-min Tai Chi
Chih exercise class was conducted twice a week for 8 weeks. Physical functional
performance was measured at baseline and post-intervention using the Continuous
Scale Physical Functional Performance-10 (CS-PFP).
Between-group differences were
analyzed using one-way analysis of covariance. After participating in the 8-week
program, intervention group participants showed greater improvement in the
CS-PFP measures. However, the comparison group had little changes. The findings
from this study suggest that participation in an 8-week Tai Chi Chih exercise
program can improve physical functional performance in healthy,
community-dwelling middle-aged women.