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The Effects of Tae-gyeok Exercise as Qigong Training on the Quality of Life in the Elderly

  • Journal of Korean Medicine Rehabilitation
  • Abbr : JKMR
  • 2012, 22(2), pp.151-163
  • Publisher : The Korean Academy Of Oriental Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Research Area : Medicine and Pharmacy > Korean Medicine

황인규 1 Hwang Eui-hyoung 2 Chae, Han 2 Shin, Byung Cheul ORD ID 2 Misook Shin 2 조현우 3 이현엽 3

1부산대학교 한의학전문대학원
2부산대학교
3부산대학교 한방병원 한방재활의학과

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ABSTRACT

Objectives :The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of Tae-gyeok exercise, one of the Korean traditional martial arts, on the quality of life in the elderly. Methods :Eighteen participants have trained six-week Tae-gyeok exercise program every two hours a week by a trainer having 10 years experience. The quality life was measured by 36-item short-form health survey(SF36) before and after the exercise. Of them, 5 were droped, therefore, 13 were analyzed by Wilconxon's singed rank test. Results :The quality of life in the elderly was improved after Tae-gyeok exercise program, however, the result showed marginal statistical significance(p=0.075). Physical functioning score of functional status showed statistical significant increase(p=0.021). Though other items of SF36 were improved, but there were no statistical significances. Conclusions :Tae-gyeok exercise program appeared to be effective in the improvement of quality of life for the elderly. Though this study has some weakness in terms of small number of participants and short training period, we need to study the effects of Korean traditional Qigong program rather than Chinese style Qigong.

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