Functional Movement and Training

A special issue of Sports (ISSN 2075-4663).

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Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue of Sports will provide knowledge related to functional movement and functional movement training as they relate to health and sport performance. It is designed for those interested in a number of topics that concern functional movement, in relation to scientific inquiries of functional movement training protocols and performance outcomes. Topics will focus on mobility training and practices, the utilization of breathing techniques to influence performance, skill development in functional movement and recovery practices (physical, mental or nutritional). However, any research focusing on any aspect of functional movement is welcomed for review. Additionally, practical applications to training and performance will be stressed, so as to influence daily training protocols.

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  • Functional
  • Movement
  • Training
  • Lifestyle
  • Mobility
  • Recovery
  • Breathing

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Effects of 12 Weeks of Tai Chi Chuan Training on Balance and Functional Fitness in Older Japanese Adults
by Nobuo Takeshima, Mohammod M. Islam, Yoshiji Kato, Daisuke Koizumi, Makoto Narita, Nicole L. Rogers and Michael E. Rogers
Sports 2017, 5(2), 32; - 26 May 2017
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The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of Tai Chi Chuan on static and dynamic balance, and functional fitness in older adults. Forty-nine volunteers were divided into an exercise group (EX: 9 men and 16 women, average age 72 ± [...] Read more.
The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of Tai Chi Chuan on static and dynamic balance, and functional fitness in older adults. Forty-nine volunteers were divided into an exercise group (EX: 9 men and 16 women, average age 72 ± 5 years) and control group (13 men and 11 women, average age 73 ± 6 years). The EX participated in a 12-week supervised exercise program (60 min/day, 2 days/week) that consisted of 10-min warm-up and stretching, 40-min Tai Chi Chuan exercise (long-form Yang style with 108 movements), and 10-min cool-down/relaxation exercises. The control group was asked to not change their physical activity habits. Static (sway velocity standing on firm or foam surfaces with eyes open or closed) and dynamic balance (limits of stability (LOS)), as well as functional fitness measures of body mass; upper- and lower-body strength; and flexibility, mobility, and aerobic fitness were taken before and after the intervention. After the 12-week Tai Chi Chuan exercise program, there were no improvements in any functional fitness or balance variable although components of LOS tended to increase (13.1%, p = 0.052). These results indicate that 12 weeks of Tai Chi Chuan exercise has no significant effect on balance and functional fitness parameters in older Japanese adults. Full article
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