The effectiveness of swiss ball training on balance in older adults

Corbett, Brad (2005) The effectiveness of swiss ball training on balance in older adults. Coursework Master thesis, Victoria University.


Falling is a common cause of injury in the older population. This has serious implications to individual and community health care and expense. Poor or impaired balance is one of the most common risk factors for falling. Exercise has been shown to increase balance in older adults. Few studies have investigated the role of Swiss balls for improving balance. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of Swiss ball training on balance in people over 65 years of age. Results were analysed using independent samples, t-tests, Cohen's d and Bonferroni's adjustment. Improvements were noted in all the tests however none were significant. Medium to high effect size in some tests suggest larger sample size may reveal more significant results. This minor thesis was written by a post-graduate student as part of the requirements of the Master of Health Science (Osteopathy) program.

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Master of Health Science (Osteopathy)

Item type Thesis (Coursework Master thesis)
Subjects Historical > RFCD Classification > 320000 Medical and Health Sciences
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Biomedical and Health Sciences
Keywords older people, impaired balance, physical fitness for older people, swiss ball, Osteopathy Masters Project
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