Scottish country dance: benefits to functional ability in older women

Dewhurst, Susan, Nelson, Norah, Dougall, Paul K. and Bampouras, Theodoros (2014) Scottish country dance: benefits to functional ability in older women. Journal of Aging & Physical Activity, 22 (1). pp. 146-153. Item availability may be restricted.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1123/japa.2012-0234

Abstract

The effects of long-term participation in Scottish country dance on body composition, functional ability, and balance in healthy older females were examined. Participants were grouped into dancers and physically active nondancers (ages 60-70 and 70-80 for both groups). Physical activity, body composition (body-mass index, skinfold thickness, waist-to-hip ratio), functional ability (6-min walk distance, 6-m walk time, 8-ft up-and-go time, lower body flexibility, shoulder flexibility), and static balance were measured. Younger dancers and physically active nondancers had similar 6-min walk distance, 6-m walk time, and 8-ft up-and-go time results; however, while older dancers performed similarly to younger dancers, older physically active nondancers performed poorer than their younger counterparts (p < .05). Body composition and static balance were the same for all groups. Regular physical activity can maintain body composition and postural stability with advancing age; however, Scottish country dance can delay the effects of aging on locomotion-related functional abilities.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Aging & Physical Activity
Publisher: Human Kinetics
ISSN: 1063-8652
Departments: Sports and Physical Activity
Depositing User: Insight Administrator
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2014 14:20
Last Modified: 12 Nov 2018 03:29
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/1539

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