Korean J Sports Med.  2010 Dec;28(2):95-102.

The Relationships between Physical Activity and Immanent Fall Risk Factors in the Elderly

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Physical Education, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea. kys0101@snu.ac.kr
  • 2College of Physical Education, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Korea.
  • 3College of Physical Education, Yanbian University, Yanji, China.
  • 4Division of Physical Education, Soonchunhyang University, Asan, Korea.

Abstract

The purpose
of this study was to investigate relationships between physical activity and immanent fall risk factors in the elderly. The subjects were 138 (male: n=51; female: n=87) elderly who have no restriction in daily physical activity. Physical activity was measured over consecutive seven days by accelerometer. Immanent fall risk factors (Berg Balance Scale [BBS], Activities-specific Balance Confidence [ABC], and gait-related fitness) were measured. There are significant correlations between physical activity and BBS (male r=0.46, female r=0.36), gait-related fitness (male r=0.44, female r=0.43). And there are significant correlations between physical activity and ABC in female (r=0.38). Through this study, it is assumed that physical activity has correlation with immanent fall risk factors. Also, physical activity has correlation with gate-related fitness in the elderly.

Keyword

Physical activity; Accelerometer; Fall risk factor; Gait-related fitness
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