Evidence on Tai Chi for Falls Prevention


The Tai Chi for Health and Falls Prevention Porgram is based on compelling evidence on the effectiveness of Tai Chi in reducing the risk of falls and preventing falls. 13 randomised control trials conducted around the world have demonstrated that Tai Chi is effective in reducing the risk of falls and preventing falls. As listed below, 12 out of the 13 randomised control trials are based on Yang Style Tai Chi, which is the style the Tai Chi for Health and Falls Prevention Program is based on.


Frye, B., Scheinthal, S., Kemarskaya, T and Pruchno, R Tai Chi and Low Impact Exercise: Effects on the Physical Functioning and Psychological Well-Being of Older People.  J Appl Gerontol. 2007 26(5):    433-453  [Yang Style Tai Chi]

Hartman, C. A., Manos, T. M., Winter, C., Hartman, D. M., Li, B., and Smith, J. C. (2000), Effects of T'ai Chi training on function and quality of life indicators in older adults with osteoarthritis.J Am Geriatr Soc. 48 (12):1553-9. [Yang Style Tai Chi]

Hackney, M. E., & Earhart, G. M. (2008). Tai Chi improves balance and mobility in people with Parkinson disease. Gait & Posture, 28(3), 456–460 [ Yang Style Tai Chi]

Li, J. X., Xu, D. Q., & Hong, Y. (2008). Effects of 16-week Tai Chi intervention on postural stability and proprioception of the knee and the ankle in older people. Age and Ageing, 37, 575–578. [Yang Style Tai Chi]

Li, F., Harmer, P., Fisher, K. J., and McAuley, E. (2004), Tai Chi: improving functional balance and predicting subsequent falls in older persons.Med Sci Sports Exerc. 36 (12):2046-52.  [Yang Style Tai Chi]

Maciaszek, J., Osinski, W., Szeklicki, R., and Stemplewski, R. (2007), Effect of Tai Chi on body balance: randomized controlled trial in men with osteopenia or osteoporosis.Am J Chin Med. 35 (1):1-9. doi: 10.1142/s0192415x07004564.  [Yang Style Tai Chi]

Nnodim, J. O., Strasburg, D., Nabozny, M., Nyquist, L., Galecki, A., Chen, S., and Alexander, N. B. (2006), Dynamic balance and stepping versus tai chi training to improve balance and stepping in at-risk older adults.J Am Geriatr Soc. 54 (12):1825-31. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-5415.2006.00971.x.  [Yang Style Tai Chi]

Sattin, R. W., Easley, K. A., Wolf, S. L., Chen, Y., & Kutner, M. H. (2005). Reduction in fear of falling through intense Tai Chi exercise training in older, transitionally frail adults. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 53(7), 1168–1178. [Yang Style Tai Chi]

Voukelatos, A., Cumming, R. G., Lord, S. R., & Rissel, C. (2007). A randomized, controlled trial of tai chi for the prevention of falls: The Central Sydney tai chi trial. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 55(8), 1185–1191. [Mixture of Sun, Yang and other Style Tai Chi] 

Wolf, S. L., Barnhart, H. X., Kutner, N. G., McNeely, E., Coogler, C., and Xu, T. (1996), Reducing frailty and falls in older persons: an investigation of Tai Chi and computerized balance training. Atlanta FICSIT Group. Frailty and Injuries: Cooperative Studies of Intervention Techniques.J Am Geriatr Soc. 44 (5):489-97.  [Yang Style Tai Chi]

Wolf, S. L., O'Grady, M., Easley, K. A., Guo, Y., Kressig, R. W., and Kutner, M. (2006), The influence of intense Tai Chi training on physical performance and hemodynamic outcomes in transitionally frail, older adults.J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 61 (2):184-9.  [Yang Style Tai Chi]

Woo, J., Hong, A., Lau, E., Lynn, H., Woo, J., Hong, A., Lau, E., & Lynn, H. (2007). A randomised controlled trial of Tai Chi and resistance exercise on bone health, muscle strength and balance in community-living elderly people. Age & Ageing, 36 (3), 262–268.  [Yang Style Tai Chi]

Zhang, J. G., Ishikawa-Takata, K., Yamazaki, H., Morita, T., and Ohta, T. (2006), The effects of Tai Chi Chuan on physiological function and fear of falling in the less robust elderly: an intervention study for preventing falls.Arch Gerontol Geriatr. 42 (2):107-16. doi: 10.1016/j.archger.2005.06.007.  [Yang Style Tai Chi]

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