The effects of Pilates training on balance control and self-reported health status in community-dwelling older adults: A randomized controlled trial

Hadas Gabizon, Yan Press, Ilia Volkov, Itshak Melzer

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Abstract

Objectives: To evaluate the effect of a group-based Pilates training program on balance control and health status in healthy older adults. Design: A single-blind, randomized, controlled trial. Setting: General community. Participants: A total of 88 community-dwelling older adults (age 71.15 ± 4.30 years), without evidence of functional balance impairment, were recruited and allocated at random to a Pilates intervention group (n = 44) or a control group (n = 44). Intervention: The Pilates intervention group received 36 training sessions over three months (3 sessions a week), while the control group did not receive any intervention. Outcome measures: Standing upright postural stability, performance-based measures of balance, and self-reported health status was assessed in both groups at baseline and at the end of the intervention period. Results: Compared with the control group, the Pilates intervention did not improve postural stability, baseline functional measures of balance, or health status. Conclusions: The results suggest that because Pilates training is not task specific, it does not improve balance control or balance function in independent older adults.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)376-383
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Aging and Physical Activity
Volume24
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2016

Keywords

  • Aging
  • Balance Function
  • Falls
  • Health Status
  • Postural Stability

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