Effects of a 16-week Tai Chi Intervention on Cutaneous Sensitivity and Proprioception Among Older Adults With and Without Sensory Loss
Research in Sports Medicine
This study investigated the effects of a 16-week Tai Chi (TC) intervention on cutaneous sensitivity and proprioception among older adults with and without sensory loss. Thirty-six older adults were divided into sensory loss and control groups, and they underwent a 16-week TC intervention. Significant interactions were detected in heel cutaneous sensitivity (p = 0.046, F = 4.419) and knee flexion (p = 0.043, F = 4.580), extension (p = 0.027, F = 5.529) and ankle plantar-flexion proprioception (p = 0.037, F = 4.860). The post hoc test indicated that in the sensory loss group, heel cutaneous sensitivity threshold (p = 0.034) and knee flexion (p = 0.004), extension (p = 0.002) and ankle plantar-flexion (p = 0.023) proprioception threshold decreased at week 17, whereas in the control group, knee flexion (p = 0.029) proprioception threshold decreased at week 17. TC intervention improved cutaneous sensitivity at more sites and proprioception in more joints among the older adults with sensory loss. TC intervention is a good option for older adults to exercise, and it is more effective among older adults with sensory loss.
Zhang, Teng, Min Mao, Wei Sun, Li Li, Yan Chen, Cui Zhang, Xinyan Zhang, Qipeng Song.
"Effects of a 16-week Tai Chi Intervention on Cutaneous Sensitivity and Proprioception Among Older Adults With and Without Sensory Loss."
Research in Sports Medicine: Taylor & Francis Online.
doi: 10.1080/15438627.2021.1906673 source: 10.1080/15438627.2021.1906673
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