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.

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Official URL: http://dx.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-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: Article
Keywords: 002 The Work, 790 RECREATIONAL & PERFORMING ARTS (incl. sport)
Members: University of Cumbria
Depositing User: ULCC Admin
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2016 13:05
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2016 13:05
URI: http://collections.crest.ac.uk/id/eprint/12364

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