Effects of feedback-based balance and core resistance training vs. Pilates training on cognitive functions in older women with mild cognitive impairment: a pilot randomized controlled trial
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There is limited research about beneficial effects of physical activity in older adults suffering from mild cognitive impairment (MCI).
The aim of the study was to provide preliminary evidence on the effects of two types of non-aerobic training on cognitive functions in older women suffering from MCI.
Twenty-eight participants aged 66–78 years with MCI were randomly assigned to a combined balance and core resistance training group (n = 14) or to a Pilates group (n = 14).
Following completion of the 8-week exercise programme, both groups showed significant improvements in global and specific cognitive domains.
Findings suggest that non-aerobic training should be further explored as a beneficial intervention for older adults suffering from MCI.
KeywordsMild cognitive impairment Cognitive functions Physical activity Exercise
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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.
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The study was approved by the university’s ethics committee.
Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.
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