Tai chi compared to low level exercise in reducing community based falls: RCT

Source:  Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 2012, 60(5), p. 841-8

Follow this link for the abstract

Date of publication: May 2012

Publication type: Randomised controlled trial

In a nutshell:  RCT compared the effectiveness of tai chi and low-level exercise in reducing falls in older adults; to determine whether mobility, balance, and lower limb strength improved and whether higher doses of tai chi resulted in greater effect.  Study found that there was no difference in falls rates between the groups, with falls reducing similarly (mean falls rate reduction of 58%) over the 17-month follow-up period. Strength and balance improved similarly in all groups over time.

Length of publication : 9 pages

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