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The effects of different exercise programs on postural control of older adults

Grant number: 12/09400-9
Support Opportunities:Regular Research Grants
Duration: May 01, 2013 - April 30, 2015
Field of knowledge:Health Sciences - Physical Education
Principal Investigator:Osmar Pinto Neto
Grantee:Osmar Pinto Neto
Host Institution: Universidade Camilo Castelo Branco (UNICASTELO). Campus São Paulo. São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated researchers:Renato Amaro Zângaro


Exercising, when instructed by either physical therapists or trainers, is one of the most effective ways to restore and / or improve postural control and balance in the elderly. However, today there is no specific scientifically accepted standard to which exercises are best suited for this purpose, neither in physical education nor in physical therapy. The main goal of this project is to verify the effectiveness of different exercise programs to improve balance in older adults. Additionally, we will verify the effects of the exercise programs in the intramuscular coordination of older adults during postural control. Finally, this research may lead to practical guidelines that may improve the quality of life of older adults as well as to advances the field of neuromuscular physiology and ageing. (AU)

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(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
MARCHINI, AMANDA; PEREIRA, RAFAEL; PEDROSO, WELLINGTON; CHRISTOU, EVANGELOS; PINTO NETO, OSMAR. Age-associated differences in motor output variability and coordination during the simultaneous dorsiflexion of both feet. SOMATOSENSORY AND MOTOR RESEARCH, v. 34, n. 2, p. 96-101, . (12/09400-9)
FIGUEIREDO, ROGERIO; PEREIRA, RAFAEL; NETO, OSMAR PINTO. Nonlinear analysis is the most suitable method to detect changes in heart autonomic control after exercise of different durations. COMPUTERS IN BIOLOGY AND MEDICINE, v. 97, p. 83-88, . (12/09400-9)

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