The Effect of a Functional Training on Psychological Functions of Healthy Elderly Men

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Farshid Tahmasebi, Sayed Kavos Salehi, Sima Sina


Introduction: The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of a functional training on the psychological functions of healthy elderly men.

Materials and methods: In this study, 30 subjects, all of them had general health, voluntarily participated, were divided into experimental (n=15) and control (n=15) groups. The experimental group performed the exercise protocol for 6 weeks. After 6 weeks of training, both experimental and control groups received post-test.

Results: The results showed that functional training had a significant effect on general mental health (P=0.001), and somatic symptoms (P=0.049), anxiety and insomnia (P=0.001), depression (P=0.001), and job scales. There was a significant (p=0.001) social experiment in the experimental group but no significant changes in the control group. The results of independent t-test showed that there was a significant difference between the mean scores of general mental health in the experimental and control groups after the intervention (P <0.05).

Conclusion: According to the findings of this study, it can be concluded that functional training has a positive effect on general mental health, physical symptoms, anxiety and insomnia, depression and social functioning. Therefore, paying attention to these exercises is important in the process of working with the elderly and in their rehabilitation interventions.

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