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The Official Journal of the Korean Academy of Kinesiology 2011;13(3):13-22.
Published online July 30, 2011.
Effects of 12-week Pilates and Complex Exercises on Female Farm Workers of Cumulative Trauma Disorders
Min-Jeong Yun, Ja-Young Byon, Hye-Jin Kim, Ki-Jin Kim
Keimyung University
Han-yang University
Correspondence:  Ki-Jin Kim,
Email: kjk744@kmu.ac.kr
Received: 4 March 2011   • Accepted: 16 July 2011
Abstract

INTRODUCTION
To examine how stability and sensorimotor skills of female farm workers suffering from Cumulative Trauma Disorders respond to pilates and complex exercises after a 12-week period.
METHOD
The subjects aged 44 to 53 years old participated for 12 weeks in this study. Pilates and complex exercise regimes were undertaken twice a week for 12 weeks. The subjects were tested in body stability, sensorimotor control ability, and subjective pain scale (VAS) prior to and following pilates and complex exercises.
RESULT
Shoulder and back pain in the pilates group showed significant differences. Stability and sensoryimotor skills (p<.001) in shoulder pain test subjects undertaking a complex exercise regimen showed significant improvement (p<.05).
CONCLUSION
Pilates can lead to improvement of shoulder and back pain, in addition to stability and sensorimotor skills of female farm workers suffering from Cumulative Trauma Disorders. In the near future, these workers will require balance exercises in order to maintain a neutral position.
Keywords: Pilates, Complex exercises, Body balance, Cumulative Trauma Disorders
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