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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.



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