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The effect of dance interventions on the level of chosen physical abilities in elderly people. Review



Year of publication 2017
Type Article in Proceedings
Conference Brno, Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Kinanthropology
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Sports Studies

Keywords Dance; elderly; balance; endurance; leg strength
Description Physical activity has undoubtedly a lot of physical and mental health outcomes. Dance has the big potential to be an attractive physical activity. Also it can be adjusted to meet the needs of the elderly. The aim of this article is systematically reviewed the scientific literature to identify the effects of different dancing intervention programs on the level of movement abilities like balance, endurance and leg strength in the elderly. We examined the Web of science database focusing on different dance interventions in elderly people. For this article, the final selection of 25 articles published between 2000 and 2017 was used. All of the studies met the inclusion and exclusion criteria. We analyzed the type of intervention, study design, demographics of participants, and results. This review includes studies concerning dance programs performed around the world. Many different dance styles were used as intervention programs - creative dance, social dance, ballroom dance, salsa, country dance and also using a dance pad. In nine articles, the authors confirmed the positive effect of dance intervention on the level of balance, including three studies using dance pads. In three studies, dance was confirmed as more suitable for their targeted group than other physical activities. Conclusions of three articles show the positive influence of the dance on the level of endurance ability, two articles confirmed the positive effect of dance programs on the level of leg strength. Previous studies have dealt with issues related to the quality of life in the elderly in the association with the growing number of the elderly in the society. This process leads to the need and thus a need further investigation arises. Findings indicate the dance interventions have the positive effect on the level of chosen physical abilities which are also very important limiting factors influencing the quality of lives of elderly. The results demonstrate that dance provides not only physical but also many psychological benefits, and should be promoted as one of the most appropriate form of leisure activities for the elderly.
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