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dc.contributor.advisorLloyd, Lisa K.
dc.contributor.authorFrankenberg, Angelyn J. ( )
dc.date.accessioned2020-05-11T15:35:44Z
dc.date.available2020-05-11T15:35:44Z
dc.date.issued2003-08
dc.identifier.citationFrankenberg, A. J. (2003). The effects of Tai chi on simple and choice reaction time in older adults (Unpublished thesis). Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas.
dc.identifier.urihttps://digital.library.txstate.edu/handle/10877/9848
dc.description.abstractRegular exercise can reduce the impact of aging on physical health and may also have cognitive benefits. This study investigated the effects of 8 weeks of Tai Chi on static balance, simple reaction time (SRT), and choice reaction time (CRT). The experimental group consisted of 1 male and 5 female residents of a retirement community (age = 83.3 + 5.2 years, range = 74-88). The TC class met 3 times per week for 8 weeks (23 classes, mean number of classes attended = 19). The control group consisted of 2 male and 5 female residents of the same community (age = 83.3 + 3.7 years, range = 78-88), who did not take part in the Tai Chi class. Pretests and post-tests were conducted for static balance, SRT, and CRT. No significant changes in balance time or SRT were noted for either group, however, the TC group’s CRT was 15% faster on the post-test than on the pretest (pretest CRT = 718.8 + 133.3 ms; post-test CRT = 610.0 + 124 1 ms) These results indicate that Tai Chi practice may contribute to improved processing speed in older adults.
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dc.format.extent53 pages
dc.format.medium1 file (.pdf)
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.subjectTai chi
dc.subjectPhysical fitness
dc.subjectOlder people
dc.titleThe Effects of Tai chi on Simple and Choice Reaction Time in Older Adults
txstate.documenttypeThesis
thesis.degree.departmentHealth, PE, Recreation and Dance
thesis.degree.grantorSouthwest Texas State University
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Education
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txstate.departmentHealth and Human Performance


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