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Effectiveness of Tai Chi on Physical and Psychological Health of College Students: Results of a Randomized Controlled Trial.

Zheng G, Lan X, Li M, Ling K, Lin H, Chen L, Tao J, Li J, Zheng X, Chen B, Fang Q - PLoS ONE (2015)

Bottom Line: To investigate the effectiveness and safety of Tai Chi Chuan (TCC) on physical and psychological health of college students.No significant changes in other physical and mental outcomes were found between the two groups.No adverse events were reported during the study period.

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Affiliation: College of Rehabilitation Medicine, Fujian University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Fuzhou 350122, China.

ABSTRACT

Objective: To investigate the effectiveness and safety of Tai Chi Chuan (TCC) on physical and psychological health of college students.

Methods: Two hundred six college students were recruited and randomly allocated to a control group or a TCC exercise group in an equal ratio. Participants in the control group were instructed to maintain their original activity level and those in the TCC exercise group received 12 weeks of TCC exercise training based on their original activity level. Physical and psychological outcomes were evaluated at baseline, 13 weeks and 25 weeks. Intention-to-treat analysis was performed for the above outcomes.

Results: Compared with the control group, the TCC exercise group showed significant improvements at the end of the 12-week intervention period for flexibility (length of Sit and Reach (cm): TCC group 14.09±7.40 versus control 12.88±6.57, P = 0.039 adjusted for its baseline measures using a general linear model) and balance ability (open eyes perimeter: TCC group 235.6(191~314) versus control 261(216~300); closed eyes perimeter: TCC group 370.5 (284~454) versus control 367 (293~483); P = 0.0414, 0.008, respectively, adjusted for corresponding baseline measures using a general linear model). No significant changes in other physical and mental outcomes were found between the two groups. No adverse events were reported during the study period.

Conclusion: TCC exercise was beneficial in college students for improving flexibility and balance capability to some extent, compared with usual exercise.

Trial registration: Chinese Clinical Trial Registry ChiCTR-TRC-13003328.

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pone.0132605.g001: Participant flow through the study reported in a CONSORT diagram.

Mentions: Fig 1 illustrates participant flow as recommended by the CONSORT statement. Eight participants in the TCC group dropped out before baseline characteristic measurement and, therefore, were excluded from the ITT analysis. During the entire study period, consisting of the 12-week intervention period and the 12-week follow-up period, only three participants in the TCC group dropped out and no participants dropped out of the control group. Therefore, 92 (96.8%) participants in the TCC group and 103 (100%) participants in the control group completed the entire study. The Fisher’s exact test indicated no significant difference in dropout rate between the two groups (P = 0.109).


Effectiveness of Tai Chi on Physical and Psychological Health of College Students: Results of a Randomized Controlled Trial.

Zheng G, Lan X, Li M, Ling K, Lin H, Chen L, Tao J, Li J, Zheng X, Chen B, Fang Q - PLoS ONE (2015)

Participant flow through the study reported in a CONSORT diagram.
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Related In: Results  -  Collection

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pone.0132605.g001: Participant flow through the study reported in a CONSORT diagram.
Mentions: Fig 1 illustrates participant flow as recommended by the CONSORT statement. Eight participants in the TCC group dropped out before baseline characteristic measurement and, therefore, were excluded from the ITT analysis. During the entire study period, consisting of the 12-week intervention period and the 12-week follow-up period, only three participants in the TCC group dropped out and no participants dropped out of the control group. Therefore, 92 (96.8%) participants in the TCC group and 103 (100%) participants in the control group completed the entire study. The Fisher’s exact test indicated no significant difference in dropout rate between the two groups (P = 0.109).

Bottom Line: To investigate the effectiveness and safety of Tai Chi Chuan (TCC) on physical and psychological health of college students.No significant changes in other physical and mental outcomes were found between the two groups.No adverse events were reported during the study period.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: College of Rehabilitation Medicine, Fujian University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Fuzhou 350122, China.

ABSTRACT

Objective: To investigate the effectiveness and safety of Tai Chi Chuan (TCC) on physical and psychological health of college students.

Methods: Two hundred six college students were recruited and randomly allocated to a control group or a TCC exercise group in an equal ratio. Participants in the control group were instructed to maintain their original activity level and those in the TCC exercise group received 12 weeks of TCC exercise training based on their original activity level. Physical and psychological outcomes were evaluated at baseline, 13 weeks and 25 weeks. Intention-to-treat analysis was performed for the above outcomes.

Results: Compared with the control group, the TCC exercise group showed significant improvements at the end of the 12-week intervention period for flexibility (length of Sit and Reach (cm): TCC group 14.09±7.40 versus control 12.88±6.57, P = 0.039 adjusted for its baseline measures using a general linear model) and balance ability (open eyes perimeter: TCC group 235.6(191~314) versus control 261(216~300); closed eyes perimeter: TCC group 370.5 (284~454) versus control 367 (293~483); P = 0.0414, 0.008, respectively, adjusted for corresponding baseline measures using a general linear model). No significant changes in other physical and mental outcomes were found between the two groups. No adverse events were reported during the study period.

Conclusion: TCC exercise was beneficial in college students for improving flexibility and balance capability to some extent, compared with usual exercise.

Trial registration: Chinese Clinical Trial Registry ChiCTR-TRC-13003328.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus