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Tai Chi Chuan in Medicine and Health Promotion

Call for Papers

Tai Chi Chuan is a Chinese conditioning exercise and is well known for its graceful movement. Tai Chi Chuan has been practiced for centuries in the East for health promotion and longevity, and it has gained popularity in Western societies recently. During the practice, Tai Chi Chuan integrates deep diaphragmatic breathing into continuous body motions to achieve a harmonious balance between body and mind. Tai Chi Chuan is performed in a semisquat posture, and the exercise intensity can be easily adjusted by controlling the postural height. The exercise intensity of Tai Chi Chuan is low to moderate, and depends on its training style, posture, and duration. Participants can choose to perform a complete set of Tai Chi Chuan or selected movements according to their needs.

Previous research has found that Tai Chi Chuan may improve health-related fitness (including cardiorespiratory function, muscular strength, balance, and flexibility), quality of life, and psychological well-being. Recent studies also suggest that Tai Chi Chuan is safe and effective for patients with cardiac, neurologic, and musculoskeletal disease. Research has found that Tai Chi Chuan is beneficial for patients with coronary artery disease, heart failure, Parkinson's disease, stroke, traumatic brain injuries, arthritis, osteoporosis, and chronic pain disorder. However, in order to better understand the health promotion effect of Tai Chi Chuan, more high-quality research is needed.

We invite authors to submit original research and review articles on the health effect and clinical application of Tai Chi Chuan. We are also interested in articles that explore aspects of physiological and psychological effects of Tai Chi Chuan. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Tai Chi Chuan and physiological function
  • Tai Chi Chuan, psychological function and mental health
  • Biomechanical characteristics of Tai Chi Chuan
  • Balance control and falls prevention effect of Tai Chi Chuan
  • Tai Chi Chuan training in elderly individuals
  • The clinical application of Tai Chi Chuan

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal's Author Guidelines, which are located at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/guidelines/. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at http://mts.hindawi.com/submit/journals/ecam/taichi/ according to the following timetable:

Manuscript DueFriday, 1 February 2013
First Round of ReviewsFriday, 26 April 2013
Publication DateFriday, 21 June 2013

Lead Guest Editor

  • Ching Lan, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, National Taiwan University Hospital, Taipei 10016, Taiwan

Guest Editors

  • Steven L. Wolf, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA 30322, USA
  • William W. N. Tsang, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong