Senior citizens general gymnastic award scheme

Siu Yin Cheung

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Abstract

Senior citizens (N=83, M=18, F=65) completed 80 percent of a 20 hour gymnastic training course conducted in four regions of Hong Kong. The general gymnastic training program included static stretching, folk dance, chair and floor exercise; and rhythmic activities with balls, ribbons, and hoops. Two testing sessions were held before and after the training course. Testing instruments consisted of a health behavior questionnaire, and physiological (weight, height, percentage body fat, sit and reach, grip strength, static and dynamic balance, cardiovascular function, steadiness, and eye-hand coordination), and psychological (participation motivation questionnaire and Profile of Mood States Inventory) assessments.
Most of these seniors participated in physical activities; the most common motives of participation were to improve health, feel good, and have confidence. Significant improvement occurred in dynamic balance, flexibility, steadiness, half-mile walk, and number of errors on eye-hand coordination test.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)50-54
Number of pages5
JournalICHPER-SD Journal of Research in Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport & Dance
Volume34
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1998

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