Faculty Publications

Title

Benefits of tai chi chuan for older adults: Literature review

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Balance, Cardiovascular benefits, Leisure, Posture control, Stability, Strength, Tai Chi Chuan

Journal/Book/Conference Title

World Leisure Journal

Volume

51

Issue

3

First Page

184

Last Page

196

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to identify and illustrate the rationale and scientific support for Tai Chi Chuan (TCC) as a leisure activity of benefit to older adults which allows them to become physically active and improve their overall health status. The findings suggest that TCC improves muscle strength, maintains posture control and dynamic standing balance, and improvesshoulder and kneeflexibility and cardio-respiratory function in elderly persons. TCCalso helps prevent accidents from falling in elderly participants. This paper helps us to understand the framework for leisure service professionals, educators, and service providers, and to understand the pattern of elderly people’s needs. © 2009 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

Original Publication Date

1-1-2009

DOI of published version

10.1080/04419057.2009.9728271

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