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Feyz 2015, 18(6): 571-577 Back to browse issues page
The effect of balance training and pilates on static and functional balance of elderly men
Morteza Aradmehr *, Ali Sagheeslami, Saeed Ilbeigi
University of Birjand , mortezaaradmehr@yahoo.com
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Background: Physiological changes related to aging and muscular disorders can increase the risk of falling, as a major problem of elderly group which in cases may even cause death. The purpose of this study was to compare the effects of a 6-week pilates and balance training program on static and functional balance among the elderly.
Materials and Methods: In this quasi-experimental study, 30 elderly people selected from Kashmar (Khorasan province, Iran) were randomly divided into three groups: the balance training, pilates and control groups. The body-mass index and the static balance stork test were used in all three groups. The static and functional balance assessments were performed using the stork and timed up and go tests, respectively. All tests were repeated for the groups after six weeks of training (three sessions per week) in the same condition.
Results: The mean values for the static and functional balance time were 5.51±0.55 and 10.71±6.72 before 4.42±0.90 and 28.42±8.88 after the balance training, respectively which showed a significant improvement (P=0.001vs P=0.023). However, the pilates training significantly improved only the static balance (P=0.027).
Conclusion: It can be concluded that six weeks of balance training can improve both static and functional balance in the elderly men, while the pilates exercise can only improve the static balance of the elderly.
Keywords: Pilates, Static balance, Postural stability
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: medicine, paraclinic
Received: 2015/01/3 | Accepted: 2015/01/3 | Published: 2015/01/3
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Aradmehr M, Sagheeslami A, Ilbeigi S. The effect of balance training and pilates on static and functional balance of elderly men. Feyz. 2015; 18 (6) :571-577
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