Comparison of balance and physical performance in aged 60 and over prisoner and non prisoner males Mahkûm ve mahkûm olmayan 60 yaş üzeri erkeklerde denge ve fiziksel performansin karşilaştirilmasi

Özalp H., Algun C.

Fizyoterapi Rehabilitasyon, vol.24, no.1, pp.47-53, 2013 (Scopus) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 24 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Journal Name: Fizyoterapi Rehabilitasyon
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.47-53
  • Keywords: Elderly, Male, Performance, Postural balance, Prisoners
  • Istanbul Medipol University Affiliated: Yes


Purpose: The aim of this study was to compare balance and physical performance in aged 60 years and over prisoner and non-prisoner males. Methods: Fifty-nine prisoners (67±4.39 years of age), 59 controls (66.98±5.19 years of age), a total of 118 male subjects took part in the study. Demographic information was recorded in both groups, functional balance tests and physical performance parameters were compared between groups. Functional balance was evaluated by timed up and go test, sit to stand test, and the Berg Balance Scale. Physical performance was evaluated using the six-minute walking test. Results: There were no significant differences for age, body weight, body mass index, and medication between the groups (p>0.05). A statistically significant difference was found between the groups in the Berg Balance Scale score and six-minute walking distance (p<0.05). No significant difference was found between groups in timed up and go test and sit to stand test (p>0.05). Conclusion: The balance performance of elderly male prisoners was negatively affected. However, physical performance of male prisoners was better than elderly non male prisoners.