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Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Year: 2017 | Volume: 12 | Issue: 6 SI | Page No.: 7712-7715
DOI: 10.3923/jeasci.2017.7712.7715  
Comparison of Shoulder Ranges of Motion During Nordic Pole Walking and General Walking in the Elderly
Suzy Kim , Jemyung Shim , Sungjoong Kim , Seung Namkoong and Hyolyun Roh
 
Abstract: This study purpose was to find the effect of Nordic pole walking on range of upper extremity in the old person compared to those of general walking exercise. The subject who were 65 years of age or older and 27 were randomized into 2 groups with Nordic walking group (N = 13) and general walking group (N = 14). Testing was done pre and after 6 weeks walking exercise intervention to determine Range of Motion (ROM) at the shoulder joint. Active ROM at shoulder joint was measured using goniometer. Paired t-test compared the variables change between baseline and after 6 weeks in Nordic and general walking group. We compared the changes pre and post-test the Nordic walking and the general walking. There were significant differences in all the actions (flexion, extension, abduction, external and internal rotation) pre and post-test the exercise in the Nordic pole walking group (p<0.05). However, statistically significant differences were not found in actions in the general walking group (p>0.05). The results suggest that, the pole walking had positive effects on the upper limb muscles to subsequently increase the joint working ranges of the upper limbs. Range of motion at shoulder joint improved 6 weeks of Nordic walking exercise elderly.
 
How to cite this article:
Suzy Kim, Jemyung Shim, Sungjoong Kim, Seung Namkoong and Hyolyun Roh, 2017. Comparison of Shoulder Ranges of Motion During Nordic Pole Walking and General Walking in the Elderly. Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences, 12: 7712-7715.
DOI: 10.3923/jeasci.2017.7712.7715
URL: http://medwelljournals.com/abstract/?doi=jeasci.2017.7712.7715