Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

The Effects of Tai Chi Training on Improving Physical Functions in Patients with Coronary Heart Diseases

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

The Effects of Tai Chi Training on Improving Physical Functions in Patients with Coronary Heart Diseases

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In the present study, an attempt was made to investigate the effects of Tat Chi training on improving physical functions in patients with coronary heart diseases. Participants of this study were patients (N = 30) at Baystate Medical Center who have gone through the first two phases of recovery after heart surgery or a cardiac event and planned to get involved in the third phase of recovery. An informed consent form was obtained from each participant prior to the beginning of the study. Participants were randomly assigned to either an experimental or a control group with equal number of men (n = 9) and women (n = 6) in each group. The study lasted 12 weeks and consisted of a pretest, an intervention phase, and a posttest. On the pretest, all participants were required to take physical function tests designed for older adults which included chair stand in 30 s (leg strength), chair sit-and-reach (flexibility), 8-foot up-and-go (agility), one-foot stand (balance), and 2-min step (cardiovascular endurance). During the intervention phase, participants in the experimental group were required to attend two 1-hr Tat Chi classes per week offered by a well trained Tai Chi instructor, whereas those in the control group were not asked to do so but were contacted by the study coordinator to discuss issues related to their cardiac and health condition. …

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