Scottish country dance:Benefits to functional ability in older women

Dewhurst, Susan and Nelson, Norah and Dougall, Paul K. and Bampouras, Theodoros M. (2014) Scottish country dance:Benefits to functional ability in older women. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 22 (1). pp. 146-153. ISSN 1063-8652

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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-andgo 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: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Aging and Physical Activity
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2700/2717
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Departments: Faculty of Health and Medicine > Medicine
ID Code: 128453
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 22 Oct 2018 13:26
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 01 Jan 2020 11:36
URI: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/128453

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