+AA
Fr
Back
Public Health Article

Nordic walking- A new form of adapted physical activity (A literature Review)



Review Quality Rating: 1 (weak)

Citation: Morgulec-Adamowicz N, Marszalek J, & Jagustyn P. (2011). Nordic walking- A new form of adapted physical activity (A literature Review). Human Movement, 12(2), 124-132.


Abstract

PURPOSE: T he purpose of this study was to analyze scientific evidence on the effects that Nordic Walking (NW) has on the human body.
BASIC PROCEDURES: A comprehensive search of computer databases (MEDLINE/PubMed, C INAHL, and SPORTDiscus) was conductedto identify relevant English and Polish studies on NW that were published from 1995 to 2009 and based on scientific research.
MAIN FINDINGS: A total of 26 studies met the inclusion criteria. T he majority of studies (12) discussed physiological issues, eleven studies werededicated to NW as a form of rehabilitation (including one case study), and three studies focused on biomechanical issues present inNW.
CONCLUSIONS: Not all of the widely promoted benefits of NW were confirmed in the results of the found scientific studies. Oftenanalyzed issues did not provide sufficient explanation. T here is a large discrepancy in the results of physiological responses during NWin a variety of conditions (on a treadmill with/without grade; field . uphill/downhill/horizontal level terrain). T he results of studiesanalyzing the effects of NW training as a form of rehabilitation particularly in the areas of cardiology confirmed the positive aspects ofincluding NW towards a patientĀfs rehabilitation after acute coronary syndrome, with intermittent claudication, and after coronary arterydisease, or after myocardial infarction. C ontrary to popular belief and previously done studies, recent research has shown that NW doesnot reduce the loading of the knee joint.


Keywords

Adults (20-59 years), Behaviour Modification (e.g., provision of item/tool, incentives, goal setting), Community, Physical Activity, Seniors (60+ years)

Register for free access to all Professional content

Register
Want the latest in aging research? Sign up for our email alerts.
Subscribe

Support for the Portal is largely provided by the Labarge Optimal Aging Initiative. AGE-WELL is a contributing partner. Help us to continue to provide direct and easy access to evidence-based information on health and social conditions to help you stay healthy, active and engaged as you grow older. Donate Today.

© 2012 - 2019 McMaster University | 1280 Main Street West | Hamilton, Ontario L8S4L8 | +1 905-525-9140 | Terms Of Use