Japanese Occupational Therapy Research Volume 31, Issue 2 (April 2012)

The effects of the “short stick exercise” on fall prevention among community-dwelling elderly Katsushi Yokoi 1 , Yasuo Naito 2 , Shinichi Takabatake 2 1School of Health Sciences, Himeji Dokkyo University 2School of Comprehensive Rehabilitation, Osaka Prefecture University Keyword: 体操 , 転倒 , 介護予防 , Exercise , Fall , Care prevention (KaigoYobou) pp.189-202
Published Date 2012/4/15
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 The primary aim was to investigate the effects of “short stick exercise” on fall prevention. The secondary aims were to determine how long it takes to achieve the fall-preventing effect and its duration among the elderly.

 We randomly assigned 62 elderly subjects from 4 municipalities to two groups: a first-term intervention group, and a second-term intervention group. The first-term intervention group engaged in “short stick exercise” for six months twice a week, and then returned to their routine daily schedule. The second-term intervention group followed a routine daily schedule for six months, and then engaged in “short stick exercise” twice a week for six months.

 As a result, adherence of “short stick exercise” intervention was high (87.5%), and it revealed significant effects on reducing falling and tripping, and it also improved internal factors.

 Furthermore, the effects are seen after only one month of engagement, and continued after the six months “short stick exercise” engagement.

 The results validate the “short stick exercise” is an effective program for preventing falling among the elderly in the community.

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31巻2号 (2012年4月)
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