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Scientists Find Curative Link to Aikido Practice

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Physiologists at the Novosibirsk State National Research University, and the Scientific Research Institute of Physiology and Basic Medicine have discovered a martial arts curative to help the aged. According to their research practicing martial arts such as Aikido, may restore coordination and improve brain functioning. 

It's common knowledge that increasingly sedentary lifestyles contribute negatively to sensori-motor function, we well as muscular entropy in the aged. Now researchers have discovered that the practicing of Aikido, particularly the foot's role in this discipline, may help decelerate or ever reverse the loss of balance and control in people aged 50+ through their late 70s. According to the study, the brain needs stimuli from areas of the body where there are a great many tactile receptors. One such area, the big toe, is a region exercised and tasked particularly focused on by Aikido. Researchers at the institutes studied women in menopause to discover those with Aikido training performed functions at well above the level of those who had not. The paper "EEG Activation Response under Different Neurohumoral States." by Dr. Olga Bazanova and her colleagues, shows results various sensory neuro-humoral conditions which play a crucial role in post menopausal subjects. 

Aikido without borders
An Aikido Without Boundaries class at the Siberian Federation Yoshinkan Aikido (SPEA)

The study also showed, the best results were from women who had 8 or more years Aikido training, and who were exercised the martial art more than once per week. Scientists also performed experiments on young men who practiced Aikido at varying skill levels. The results of these experiments proved similar to the findings in the tests on the aged. One key finding of the study was to establish the increase in neuronal efficiency in the subject group, a functional positive that will lead to the prevention of falls by elderly people practicing the martial arts, or other activities that focus on the tactile receptor regions. 

Additional photo credit: Thanks to the Siberian Federation Yoshinkan Aikido,