J Korean Acad Community Health Nurs.  2011 Dec;22(4):451-457. 10.12799/jkachn.2011.22.4.451.

The Effect of Thera Band Exercise on Muscle Flexibility, Balance Ability, Muscle Strength in Elderly Women

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  • 1Department of Nursing, Kyungwon University, Korea. nhk@kyungwon.ac.kr

Abstract

PURPOSE
The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of thera band exercise on muscle flexibility, balance ability, muscle strength and self-rated health in elderly women.
METHODS
The quasi-experimental research design (one-group pretest-post test) was employed. Participants were recruited in S-city and a total of 14 elderly women completed 15-week thera band exercise. Descriptive statistics, paired t-test and McNemar-test were used in data analysis by SPSS/WIN 12.0.
RESULTS
Compared with those before participation, the participants showed higher muscle flexibility, balance ability, and muscle strength after participation in thera band exercise.
CONCLUSION
Findings of this study indicated that the 15-week thera band exercise program had a favorable effect on muscle flexibility, balance ability and muscle strength of elderly women. Future research needs to develop combined exercise programs with other types of exercise for the health of elderly women.

Keyword

Exercise; Elderly; Health
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