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Laurie Brogan, Kristen Karnish



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Dancing, both as a therapeutic technique and a recreational hobby, has been widely implemented as an exercise modality in order to improve both functional and metabolic outcomes, and its concepts have been applied to the older adult population (65+). The act of dancing encompasses various rhythmic and repetitive motions within functional movement patterns that can have a direct impact on balance, endurance performance, functional outcome measures, and reducing the incidence of falls within this population. A majority of dance programs and research studies concerning dance techniques have been centered at viewing its effects and outcomes that occur following an extended timeframe, including interventions lasting weeks to months. This pilot study is designed to perform rhythmic movements in the form of dance and assess their ability to influence UE and LE reaction times and balance following a single intervention session within an older adult population. The information gathered from this study will add to the literature about rhythmic movements and their impact related to interventions that may be utilized to prevent falls within the older adult population.

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Physical Therapy


Older Adults, Dancing, Reaction Time, Balance


Medicine and Health Sciences

The Effects of Rhythmic Exercise on Reaction Time and Balance in Community-Dwelling Older Adults: A Protocol for a Single-Session, Pretest/Posttest Study