A new study by Tulane Unversity in New Orleans examined whether practicing Tai Chi with music can maximize the effects of Tai Chi on compliance and fall-related rist factors. (Dynamic Gait Index and fear of falling)
Eighteen women aged 50 to 84 years (9 White, 9 Black) were recruited from a community senior center. Six of them were randomly assigned to a Tai Chi in silence (TC + S) and the other 12 assigned to a Tai Chi with music (TC + M) class.
Thirteen participants (4 in TC + S group, 9 in TC + M group) with completed pre- and post tests were included in the final analysis. Paired tests were conducted to examine changes within groups over time and analysis of covariance was used to access group differences.
After 15 weeks of intervention, balance increased in both groups with significantly higher benefits in the TC + M group. Fear of falling scores improved in TC + M group and compliance rate was higher in this group.
Conclusions: practicing TC + M may help increase adherence in White and Black middle-aged and older women, and maximized the effects the effects of Tai Chi on fall-related risk factors. Studies with more rigorous study design, including musical considerations, are warranted.
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