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J Phys Ther Sci. 2015 Oct;27(10):3163-5. doi: 10.1589/jpts.27.3163. Epub 2015 Oct 30.

Effects of core muscle stability training on the weight distribution and stability of the elderly.

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Department of Physical Therapy, Wonkwang Health Science University: 514 Iksan-daero, Iksan-si, Jeollabuk-do 570-750, Republic of Korea.

Abstract

[Purpose] This study investigated the effects of core muscle stability training on the weight distribution and stability of the elderly. [Subjects and Methods] Thirty elderly persons were randomly divided into an experimental group which performed core strengthening exercises, and a control group which performed standard strengthening exercises for 8 weeks. A Tetrax Interactive Balance System was used to evaluate the weight distribution index (WDI) and the stability index (SI). [Results] The experimental group showed a significant improvement in terms of WDI and the SI. However, the control group showed no significant improvement in either. [Conclusion] Core muscle stability training should be considered as a therapeutic method for the elderly to improve their WDI, and SI, and as a fall prevention measure.

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Core muscle stability training; Elderly; Weight distribution

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