Falling is the primary cause of traumatic death for older adults, and more than 17% of older adults
report between one and five falls in the past three months. The problem seems to be getting worse.
I’m getting jaded by all this research of research on tai chi. There seems to be a steady stream of it for sometime. It’s a little boring, however, good as it is to know tai chi is good for you … maybe. Researchers are not positive. More research is needed to really know for sure.
This recent article from Time.com refers to a report published by the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. It reports on the results of a review of 10 randomized studies on tai chi effects on balance. It’s another report on another study about more studies. I wonder if it actually influences more people to try tai chi.
The title is misleading because the writer doesn’t repeat the word “stronger” at all in the text. The reader must infer how tai chi makes you stronger. The writer probably is not a tai chi practitioner and is just writing an article about something. Maybe she’s interested in tai chi. I don’t know.
The study referred to, and the article in Time, build on the growing inventory of the benefits of tai chi in media and the research community interested in exercise modalities, particularly as they relate to the aging population of Baby Boomers. The body of text essentially is arguing for doing tai chi, without actually saying that outright. It suggests to readers to at least look into the subject more.
The article concludes with: “More research is needed to determine just how beneficial tai chi really is in preventing or delaying the occurrence of serious falls.” I’m not sure if the article writer is making this conclusion or just repeating what the researchers state.
Either way, research papers and articles talking about them commonly conclude with such statements. So much so that they are drawing attention to the repetitive nature of cliche and un-examined habitual speech.
More research is not necessary, really. That might just be another research group throwing in its two cents on the efficacy of just another exercise method. More people just need to do tai chi and find out for themselves.