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Open Access Effect of core stability training on balance in elderly women

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Objective: The study investigated the effect of core stability training on balance in elderly women.

Method: Sixty female volunteers 61‐70 years of age were divided into training (n=30) and control groups (n=30). Core stability training was given to patients in the training group, and walking exercise was given to patients in the control group. The function of static and dynamic balance was detected before training and 30 weeks after training.

Results: The time of standing on one foot with eyes closed after training in the training group was significantly longer than the control group, and the stellate balance test with stretching the lower limbs straight ahead, behind, and laterally in the training group was significantly better than the control group. The performance of two lower limbs during the training in the straight ahead direction, behind, and to the outer side in the training group was significantly better than the control group. Significant differences also occurred when the left leg was supported on the outer rear, and the right leg was supported on the medial front and rear.

Conclusion: Core stability training is more beneficial than walking exercises in improving balance in elderly women.

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Keywords: Balance; Core stability training; Elderly women

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2014-12-01

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  • Family Medicine and Community Health (FMCH) is an open-access journal focusing on subjects that are common and relevant to family medicine/general practice and community health. The journal publishes relevant content across disciplines such as epidemiology, public health, social and preventive medicine, research and evidence based medicine, community health service, patient education and health promotion and health ethics. The journal has a specific focus on the management of chronic illness particularly diabetes, ischaemic heart disease, chronic heart failure, hypertension, bronchial asthma, chronic obstructive airways disease and common mental illness. FMCH is published by Compuscript http://www.compuscript.com on behalf of the Chinese General Practice Press http://www.chinagp.net.

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