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Societies 2018, 8(3), 57; https://doi.org/10.3390/soc8030057

Adapted Utilitarian Judo: The Adaptation of a Traditional Martial Art as a Program for the Improvement of the Quality of Life in Older Adult Populations

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Physical Education and Sports Department, University of Sevilla, 41013 Sevilla, Spain
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European Judo Union, 22180 Vienna, Austria
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Faculty of Humanities and Education Sciences, University of Jaén, 23071 Jaén, Spain
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Received: 27 June 2018 / Revised: 16 July 2018 / Accepted: 16 July 2018 / Published: 24 July 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Physical Culture)
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This article reports on the Adapted Utilitarian Judo project. The use of the foundations and technical elements of traditional Judo, adapted and contextualised to the requirements of the older adult population, orienting the activity toward the field of health and the improvement of the quality of life of the older adult. Its mission is to facilitate maintaining and improving the functionality and autonomy of this population, with respect to the performance of the basic and instrumental activities of daily life. At the same it seeks to achieve this while maintaining the essence of the values that are inherent to the practice of Judo as a traditional martial art. It is argued that Judo, once adapted to focus on a utilitarian function, not only allows to actively influence aspects such as maintaining the physical qualities of the elderly but also fosters other key elements for active and healthy ageing by participating in an ongoing group activity, such as socialisation and self-esteem. More specifically, the paper presents how adapted Judo represents an innovation in the treatment of a risk factor associated with aging: the active prevention of falls. We conclude that Adapted Utilitarian Judo (JUA) is both a timely and relevant as a social and educational tool of great value, responds to propos called for by the international scientific community for programs aimed at improving the health and quality of life of the older adult population, especially in Europe, that is ageing at a fast pace. View Full-Text
Keywords: Adapted Utilitarian Judo Program; fall; fragility; older adults; quality of life Adapted Utilitarian Judo Program; fall; fragility; older adults; quality of life
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DelCastillo-Andrés, Ó.; Toronjo-Hornillo, L.; Toronjo-Urquiza, M.T.; Cachón Zagalaz, J.; Campos-Mesa, M.C. Adapted Utilitarian Judo: The Adaptation of a Traditional Martial Art as a Program for the Improvement of the Quality of Life in Older Adult Populations. Societies 2018, 8, 57.

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