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The Effects of a Dance-Based Program on the Postural Control in Older Women

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This study investigated the effect of an 8-week dance-based program on the postural control and functional capacity in older women. Thirty women were assigned onto 2 groups: ballroom dancing (DG: n = 15; 69.1 ± 6.6 years) and control group (CG: n = 15; 71.5 ± 7.5 years). The DG improved functional performance (6-minute walk, the Tinetti test, and the Time Up and Go tests), static balance (center of pressure path length, mean sway velocity, median frequency sway area), and dynamic balance (step test) (P < .05), whereas the CG remained unaltered. Dance-based programs are attractive to produce balance and functional performance gains in older adults.
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Keywords: balance; exercise; falls; physical activity; successful aging

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 1, 2017

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