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Abstract Purpose The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of Thai dance training with ankle weight loading on gait performance and balance in elderly. Methods There were thirty-four healthy elderly, aged between 60-79 years, participated in this study. They were matched by sex, age and Timed up and go test and were divided into the experimental group (n=17), performing the Thai dance training with ankle weight loading 3 sessions/week for 12 weeks, or the control group (n=17), recieved no intervention Gait performance, static balance, dynamic balance, muscular strength and flexibility were measured before and after 12 weeks of the study. Data were analyzed in term of means, standard deviation and t-test. The statistical significance after training was accepted at p<0.05. Results The experimental group showed significant improvements on step width, gait velocity, cadence, static balance, dynamic balance, muscular strength and flexibility compare to pre-training and the control. (p < .05). However, there were no significant differences on all variables examined in the control group. Conclusion Thai dance training with ankle weight loading was effective in eliciting the improvements of gait performance, balance, muscular strength and flexibility in healthy elderly.
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