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The Official Journal of the Korean Academy of Kinesiology 2013;15(1):1-11.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.15758/jkak.2013.15.1.1     Published online January 30, 2013.
Tai Chi as a Fall Prevention Intervention: An In-depth Literature Review of Randomized Controlled Trials and Suggestion to Taekwondo
Yong-Ho Lee, Kyoung-Tae Kim
Seoul National University
Southeast Missouri State University
Correspondence:  Yong-Ho Lee,
Email: gophers@snu.ac.kr
Received: 2 August 2012   • Accepted: 19 January 2013

Tai Chi as non-pharmaceutical approach has frequently appeared in fall prevention literature in last two decades and has been reported to have positive effects on fall prevention. While there is abundant amount of evidence as to effects of Tai Chi on falls, there are also so many variations in research design, implementation of various types of Tai Chi and outcomes of the studies in Tai Chi studies. Hence, the current study attempted to thoroughly review to examine if Tai Chi still appears to have positive effects when applying exclusive research criteria.
In-depth literature review was employed for the current study. Total of 7 studies were selected and reviewed for the final inclusion of the study.
The current study confirmed existing current literature that Tai Chi indeed appears to have positive impacts on fall prevention among older adults.
Thanks to similarity of Tai Chi to Taekwnodo, the current study also suggested that Taekwonodo could also be another option alternative to Tai Chi for fall prevention since Tai Chi is not commonly practiced in Korea.
Keywords: Tai Chi, Fall risk factors, Randomized controlled trial, Taekwondo
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