Falls are increasing prevalent in the elderly but little data has been reported on the effect of previous life experience on balance ability. The aim of the present cross-sectional study was to determine whether participants with historically highly developed postural control (retired dancers) provided protection after activity had stopped by comparing their balance abilities with age-matched sedentary counterparts. Ten retired dancers [RD] 65 ± 7.36yrs and 10 sedentary controls[C] 66 ± 5.66yrs carried out a series of balance tests in a laboratory setting in a set order: Romberg, Functional Reach, Timed Up and Go, Berg and Tinetti. The RD group performed significantly better solely in the static balance tests (Romberg and Berg Balance) (p < 0.05). Therefore, past exercise history of the individual possibly needs to be considered when selecting a balance test battery with a need to use tests that have multiple constructs of balance. The RD group performed significantly better at static balance tests suggesting a possible skill retention from their dance careers.
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Wyon, M.A., Reeve, E., Ambegaonkar, J. et al. Does Past Experience Effect Balance in Older Women: a Cross-Sectional Study Comparing Retired Dancers and Age- Matched Controls?. Ageing Int 47, 160–168 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12126-021-09412-2
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