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Golf for Healthy Aging (GHA)

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT03916887
Recruitment Status : Recruiting
First Posted : April 16, 2019
Last Update Posted : April 16, 2019
Sponsor:
Collaborator:
Royal & Ancient Group
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
George Salem, University of Southern California

Brief Summary:
Aging is associated with physiological declines that could impair the ability to perform activities of daily living and thus impair the quality of life of older adults. Golf is an activity that challenges the balance, flexibility, and muscular systems of the golfer and could have important implications in addressing the physiological declines associated with aging. Golf also challenges the cognition of golfer and is typically performed in groups of 2-4 people; therefore, it could also have important implications for the cognitive and social health of older adults. This research will investigate the effects of an introductory, therapeutic golf program on the physiological, cognitive, and social well-being of older adults. 25 older adults (60-80 years) will participate in a 10-week introductory golf program specifically designed with older adults in mind. The intervention will be led by Professional Golf Association (PGA) professionals with experience in teaching older adults to golf. In order to assess the effectiveness of the intervention, the functional, physiological, and cognitive abilities of the participants will be evaluated as well as the overall well-being before and after the completion of the golf program. We will also examine the inflammatory response changes associated with the golf program. These adaptations will be evaluated through the use of biomechanical analysis, standardized older adult functional tests, validated surveys and questionnaires, validated cognitive assessments, and analyses of markers of inflammation.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Exercise Training Behavioral: Golf instruction Not Applicable

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 16 participants
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Intervention Model Description: Pre-post intervention
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Golf Intervention for Healthy Aging Study
Actual Study Start Date : May 31, 2018
Estimated Primary Completion Date : April 26, 2019
Estimated Study Completion Date : April 26, 2020

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: golf training
10-week golf training program
Behavioral: Golf instruction
Non-golfers instructed to golf over 10 weeks




Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Change in Gait speed [ Time Frame: baseline and after 10 weeks ]
    change in walking speed


Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Change in Strength [ Time Frame: baseline and after 10 weeks ]
    change in dynamic and static strength


Other Outcome Measures:
  1. Change in Cognition [ Time Frame: baseline and after 10 weeks ]
    change in NIH Cognitive Toolbox scores

  2. Change in Balance [ Time Frame: baseline and after 10 weeks ]
    change in dynamic and static balance



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Ages Eligible for Study:   60 Years to 80 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • • Older adult: 60-80 years old

    • The ability to stand independently without external support
    • No or minimal previous golf experience
    • Played <1 time in the past 6 months
    • Played ≤3 times in the past 2 years
    • English Speaking

Exclusion Criteria:

  • • Dementia and Alzheimers Disease assessed via the Telephone Memory Impairment Screen [21]

    • Symptomatic cardiovascular disease, active angina, uncontrolled hypertension (SBP>160 or DBP>90, high resting pulse HR>90), symptomatic orthostatic hypotension
    • Unstable asthma, exacerbated COPD
    • Rheumatoid arthritis, unstable ankle, knee, hip, shoulder or wrist joints
    • History of injury or orthopedic operation within the last 6 months
    • Movement disorders (Parkinson's disease or other neurological disorders), stroke, hemiparesis or paraparesis
    • Peripheral neuropathies, severe vision or hearing problems, or metastatic cancer
    • Individuals with vestibular, visual, musculosketelal, orthopedic and/or neurological disorders known to impair balance

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT03916887


Contacts
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Contact: george j salem, PhD 3234423113 gsalem@usc.edu
Contact: Kiran Kanwar, MS 3234420175 kanwar@pt.usc.edu

Locations
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United States, California
University Southern California Recruiting
Los Angeles, California, United States, 90089
Contact: Kiran Kanwar, MS    323-442-1075    kanwar@pt.usc.edu   
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Southern California
Royal & Ancient Group

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Responsible Party: George Salem, Associate Professor, University of Southern California
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT03916887     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: HS-17-00004
First Posted: April 16, 2019    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: April 16, 2019
Last Verified: April 2019
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No

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Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: No
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No

Keywords provided by George Salem, University of Southern California:
aging, exercise golf senior intervention