2.7.2. Nonspecific Effects: Motor Function, Vital Capacity, and Psychological State
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The Specific and Nonspecific Effects of Tai Chi and Its Possible Central Responses: A Protocol of Neuroimaging Study
Evid Based Complement Alternat Med, Feb 19, 2021; DOI: 10.1155/2021/8883460

The lower-extremity muscle strength, functional balance tests, and the vital capacity test will be collected at the baseline, the median of intervention (after 5 weeks of exercise), and at the end of the intervention. The lower-extremity muscle strength will be measured using a hand-held isometric dynamometer (Micro FET3; Hoggan Health Industries, Draper, UT, United States). Functional balance tests include the Berg Balance Scale (BBS) [16], timed up-and-go (TUG) test, and functional reach test [17].

During the vital capacity test, the forced expiratory volume in one second (FEV1), forced vital capacity (FVC), and FEV1/FVC ratio will be measured using a Super Spiro spirometer (MicroMedical, Rochester, Kent, UK) in resting status. The peak expiratory flow rate (PEFR) will be assayed using a peak flow meter.

To assess the psychological state of all participants, we collected the following metrics at the baseline, the median of intervention, and the end of intervention: the self-rating depression scale (SDS) [18], the self-rating anxiety scale (SAS) [19], and the Eysenck Personality Questionnaire (EPQ) [20].

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