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Qom Univ Med Sci J 2017, 11(1): 29-38 Back to browse issues page
The effect of 6 weeks of Tai chi training on cognitive status, dynamic balance and quality of life in women with stroke
Manijeh Norouzian 1, Hamid Rajabi 1, Fatemeh Panahzadeh *2
1- Associate Professor Department of Exercise Physiology, Kharazmi University, Tehran, Iran Department of Physical Education & Sport Sciences, Kharazmi University
2- MSc of Exercise Physiology, Kharazmi University, Tehran, Iran Department of Physical Education & Sport Sciences, Kharazmi University , fatemepanahzade@yahoo.com
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Background and Objectives: Stroke can lead to permanent disabilities, including motor and cognitive impairments. The aim of this study was to determine the effect of Tai Chi training on cognitive status, dynamic balance, and quality of life in women with stroke.

Methods: In this quasi-experimental study, 20 women with stroke (mean age, 65.8±3.5 years; weight, 68.4±14kg; and body mass index, 26.3±5.1kg/m2) in Qom city, were selected voluntarily and randomly divided into experimental (N=10) and control (N=10) groups. Cognitive status, dynamic balance, and quality of life were assessed by Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) and SF-36 quality of life questionnaires and Timed Up and Go test. Tai Chi group trained for 6 weeks, three 60-minute sessions per week (a 10-minute warm-up period, a 40-minute simplified Tai Chi exercise, and a 10-minute cool-down period). Data were analyzed using dependent and independent t-tests and (p<0.05).

Results: Significant increases were observed in mental health, physical function, role limitations due to physical problems, and total quality of life score in the experimental group compared to the control group (p<0.05). Also, a significant improvement was observed in dynamic balance between the experimental group compared to the control group (p<0.05). But despite the improvement in cognitive status, no significant differences were seen between the two groups (p>0.05).

Conclusion: According to de results of the study, it can be said that Tai Chi training as a low-intensity and simple training improves dynamic balance and quality of life in women with stroke.

Keywords: Tai Chi, Cognitive status, dynamic balance, quality of life, Stroke
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Type of Study: Original Article | Subject: فیزیولوژی ورزشی
Received: 2016/02/17 | Accepted: 2016/04/9 | Published: 2017/03/14
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Norouzian M, Rajabi H, Panahzadeh F. The effect of 6 weeks of Tai chi training on cognitive status, dynamic balance and quality of life in women with stroke . Qom Univ Med Sci J . 2017; 11 (1) :29-38
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