The use of a non-pedal tricycle to promote physical activity in nursing home residents: a pilot study

Document title: The use of a non-pedal tricycle to promote physical activity in nursing home residents: a pilot study
Journal: Brazilian Journal of Motor Behavior
System number: 000443461
ISSN: 2446-4902
Authors: 1
Institutions: 1Centro Universitario Internacional, Escola de Educacao, Curitiba, Parana. Brasil
2Universidade Cruzeiro do Sul, Instituto de Ciencias da Atividade Fisica e Esporte, Sao Paulo. Brasil
Volumen: 15
Number: 2
Pages: 118-126
Country: Brasil
Language: Inglés
Document type: Artículo
Approach: Analítico, descriptivo
English abstract Elderly individuals living in nursing homes are usually inactive and do not seem motivated to engage in physical activity. Therefore, it is important to investigate new possibilities that enable them to be active in these environments. To investigate the feasibility of a protocol using a non-pedal tricycle in elderly individuals living in nursing homes and its effects on improving endurance, walking speed, and functional mobility. Fourteen nursing home residents aged from 60 to 93years were included in the study protocol. They were randomly allocated into two groups: control (CG) and intervention (IG). The CG kept their routine during the engagement in the study, and the IG, in addition to the routine, used a non-pedal tricycle to move around the nursing home twice a week for 12 weeks. Participants from both groups underwent the 6-minute walk, 10-meter walk, and timed-up and go tests, one week before the first practice session and one week after the last practice session provided to the IG. Before the intervention, there was no group difference in any test, and after the intervention, only IG participants presented an increaseinwalking distance and walking speed. Both groups did not change their time to conclude the timed-up and go test. The use of a non-pedal tricycle seems appropriate in stimulating physical activity in individuals living in nursing homes. Besides the motivation to move around, walking resistance and speed improved
Disciplines: Medicina
Keyword: Geriatría,
Actividad física,
Velocidad de marcha,
Promoción de la salud
Keyword: Geriatrics,
Physical activity,
Gait speed,
Health promotion
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