Effectiveness of Tai Chi on Physical and Psychological Health of College Students
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July 20, 2015 -
The Fujian University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China finished a study
to investigate the effectiveness and safety of Tai Chi on physical and psychological health of college
Two hundred and six college students were recruited and
randomly allocated to a control group or a Tai Chi exercise group in an equal
ratio. Participants in the control group were instructed to maintain their
original activity level and those in the Tai Chi exercise group received 12
weeks of Tai Chi exercise training based on their original activity level.
Physical and psychological outcomes were evaluated at baseline, 13 weeks and 25
weeks. Intention-to-treat analysis was performed for the above outcomes.
Compared with the control group, the Tai Chi exercise
group showed significant improvements at the end of the 12-week intervention
period for flexibility (length of Sit and Reach), balance ability (open eyes
perimeter) and closed eyes perimeter). No significant changes in other physical
and mental outcomes were found between the two groups. No adverse events were
reported during the study period.
The researchers came to conclusion that Tai Chi
exercise was beneficial in college students for improving flexibility and
balance capability to some extent, compared with usual exercise.
Their research is reported by an
American journal, Public Library of