A balance-specific exercise intervention improves falls risk but not total physical functionality in community-dwelling older adults

Disa SMEE, Helen BERRY, Gordon WADDINGTON, Judith Anson

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The aim of this research was to investigate whether a simple balance-specific exercise simultaneously improves physical functionality and falls. Methods: Thirty-two community-dwelling individuals aged 65-92 years were assigned to either the control or wobble-board group. Participants were assessed pre- and postintervention using the Physiological Profile Assessment (a measure of falls risk) and the Continuous-Scale Physical Functional Performance-10 (a measure of physical functionality). Results: Participants in the intervention group, wobble-board training, had a decrease in their risk of falling by 36% (p = 0.009, ??2 = 0.396), while the control group recorded a slight but nonsignificant increase (6%). No change was seen in their total Continuous-Scale Physical Functional Performance-10 score. Conclusion: A balance-specific intervention decreased falls-risk and improved balance but not sufficiently to affect total physical functional
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)310-320
Number of pages11
JournalPhysical and Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics
Volume32
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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