This study investigated the effect of an 8-week dance-based program on the postural control and functional capacity in older women. Thirty women were assigned onto 2 groups: ballroom dancing (DG: n = 15; 69.1 ± 6.6 years) and control group (CG: n = 15; 71.5 ± 7.5 years). The DG improved functional performance (6-minute walk, the Tinetti test, and the Time Up and Go tests), static balance (center of pressure path length, mean sway velocity, median frequency sway area), and dynamic balance (step test) (P < .05), whereas the CG remained unaltered. Dance-based programs are attractive to produce balance and functional performance gains in older adults.
Department of Physical Education, Biological Sciences Sector, Paraná Federal University, Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil (Drs Rodacki, Cepeda and Lodovico); Positivo University, Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil (Dr Lodovico); and Department of Sports São Paulo, School of Physical Education and Sport, University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil (Dr Ugrinowitsch).
Correspondence: André Luiz Felix Rodacki, PhD, Department of Physical Education, Paraná Federal University, Rua Coração de Maria, 92, Jardim Botânico, Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil (email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org).
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