Effectiveness of a progressive stepping program on lower limb function in community dwelling older adults

Lena FUNG*, Michael Lam

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Abstract

A progressive stepping program (PSP) comprising of 28 sessions each of 75 minutes were offered to two groups of community dwelling older adults with different levels of mobility at a frequency of 3 times a week so as to assess the program's effect on lower limb function as reflected in the Timed Up-and-Go test (TUG) and the Timed Open-eyed Single Leg Stand test (TOLS). Significant differences were found among the different groups in the TUG score (F = 11.05, p < 0.05). Moreover, the TUG score gain was greater in the lower mobility group (21.5%) than in the higher mobility group (7.8%). It was concluded that while the PSP was effective in improving dynamic balance, alternative modes would be needed in order to achieve improvements in the TOLS scores.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8-11
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Exercise Science and Fitness
Volume10
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2012

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

User-Defined Keywords

  • Lower limb function
  • Older adults
  • Stepping

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