Does exercise assist balance in older people?

From: The Cochrane Collaboration

Journal rating:
rating: 98%
Study Quality:
rating: 100%

Overall Reliability

Article Quality:
rating: 50%
rating: 50%


  • 94 studies with 9,821 participants.


  • The paper is a systematic review / meta analysis of all relevant trials.
  • This means that the data from all similar trials have been grouped to form an overall outcome.


  • There is no or insufficient evidence for general physical activity (walking or cycling) and exercise involving computerised balance programmes or vibration plates on balance.
  • There is weak evidence for some types of exercise (gait, balance, co-ordination and functional tasks; strengthening exercise; 3D exercise and multiple exercise types) in improving balance.
  • In general, effective programmes ran three times a week for three months and involved dynamic exercise in standing.
  • Few adverse events were reported.


  • Undecided