Benefits of tai chi chuan for older adults: Literature review
Balance, Cardiovascular benefits, Leisure, Posture control, Stability, Strength, Tai Chi Chuan
World Leisure Journal
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.
Department of Health, Physical Education, and Leisure Services
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Chiang, Li Ming; Cebula, Erin; and Lankford, Samuel V., "Benefits of tai chi chuan for older adults: Literature review" (2009). Faculty Publications. 2302.