Effect of FBS exercises on the coordination and balance of elderly women
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Introduction: The elderly are one of the vulnerable groups in any society. Stumbling causes a decrease in daily activities of these groups. The aim of this study is to examine the effect of eight week FBS exercises training on coordination and balance of the elderly.
Methodology: This is a quasi-experimental study. 30 institutionalized elderly men (age:,weight:kg,height:m) were selected purposefully, based on their availability, and were divided in to experimental and control groups. To evaluate coordination, we used Tandem gait Test and to evaluate static and dynamic balance. We also used Flamingo balance test, Berg balance test and Timed Up and Go test (TUG) before and after the intervention. The experimental group performed FBS eight-week training program (3 sessions per week) and the control group had their daily activities. Descriptive statistic were used for calculating mean and standard deviation of data, and to determine the difference between pre-test and post-test data between and within two groups we used dependent and paired t-test, respectively, at a significance level of (p≤0.05).
Results: No significant differences seen in coordination and balance tests between two groups, but experimental group had better performance than control group in post-test. Paired sample T-test showed significant differences between pre and post- tests in coordination and balance tests for experimental group while no differences observed in control group.
Discussion: The results indicate that FBS training program is effective on improving balance and coordination of elderly males. Therefore, it appears that FBS training is an effective method in improving coordination and balance and decreases falling risk and medical expenses associated with it.
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