Interval cycle training could positively influence dynamic balance in middle-aged women.
To compare training effects of a strength ergometer and a standard ergometer on 3 dynamic balance tests.
Seventeen women were randomly assigned to standard (n = 10) or strength cycle ergometry (n = 7). A control group consisted of 7 women.
Ergometry interval training (3 sessions/wk for 4 wk).
Main Outcome Measures:
Three balance tests—the Star Excursion Balance Test (SEBT), timed up-and-go (TUG), and four-square step test (FSST)—were performed at pretraining and 4 wk posttraining.
Four SEBT directions improved and faster scores for FSST and TUG tests for the standard-cycle group were found, whereas the strength-cycle group only improved their TUG scores. No changes posttraining for the control group.
Stationary cycle training should be included in the dynamic balance-rehabilitation protocol for middle-aged women.
Bouillon is with the Dept of Physical Therapy at the University of Findlay, Findlay, OH. At the time of the study, Sklenka and Driver were graduate students in the physical therapy program at the university.