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Clinical Trials Update
December 25, 2018

Balance Exercises Prevented Falls

JAMA. 2018;320(24):2521. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.19334

A program of tai ji quan balance and movement classes based on tai chi was more effective at reducing falls among older, high-risk adults than conventional stretching exercises or a multimodal exercise program, reported a study in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Trial participants (670 adults aged 70 years and older who had fallen in the previous year or who had impaired mobility) were randomly assigned to twice weekly hourly sessions of tai ji quan, multimodal exercises (balance, aerobics, strength, and flexibility), or stretching (control group) for 24 weeks.