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Medicina dello Sport 2018 June;71(2):284-95

DOI: 10.23736/S0025-7826.17.03031-9

Copyright © 2017 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English, Italian

The effect of 8-week aquatic exercise on postural control and balance recovery strategy of elderly men: a randomized controlled trial

Ramin BEYRANVAND , Mansour SAHEBOZAMANI, Abdolhamid DANESHJOO

Department of Sport Injury and Corrective Exercises, Faculty of Physical Education and Sport Sciences, Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman, Kerman, Iran


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BACKGROUND: Aquatic exercise has been suggested for the old age people, to perform a secure activity, less predisposition to falls and with good condition to treatment, and it has been the critical issue for investigations regarding balance recovery in this population. This study investigated the effects of 8 weeks aquatic exercise on postural control and balance recovery strategy of elderly men.
METHODS: Thirty elderly male subjects (aged over 60 years old) were randomly assigned into intervention and control groups. Postural sway parameters were evaluated using the Biodex balance system. Balance recovery strategies were recorded by six high-speed cameras after sudden movement of the treadmill. Training program for intervention group was carried out for 8 weeks (3 sessions of 45 minutes per week) while the control group did not receive any intervention. The elderly males were reassessed before and after the 8 weeks intervention program. The mixed ANOVA test was used for data analysis.
RESULTS: The results showed significant increases by 0.73% in the stability index scores after conducting the 8 weeks aquatic exercise program (P>0.05). The results also showed there was no significant differences in balance recovery strategy scores over time between the two groups (P>0.05).
CONCLUSIONS: It can be concluded that although 8 weeks of aquatic exercises had a positive effect on the elderly’s ability to control of COP movement, these exercises cannot apparently make significant changes in balance recovery strategies among such individuals.


KEY WORDS: Hydrotherapy - Postural balance - Aged - Randomized controlled trial

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