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Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine
Volume 2013, Article ID 295986, 7 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/295986
Research Article

Effect of Pilates Training on Alpha Rhythm

1Institute of Electrical Engineering, Yanshan University, Qinhuangdao 066004, China
2College of Physical Education, Yanshan University, Qinhuangdao 066004, China
3National Lab of Cognitive Neuroscience and Learning, Beijing Normal University, Xin Jie Kou Wai Avenue, Haidian District, Beijing 100875, China
4College of Computer Science and Technology, Zhejiang University of Technology, Hangzhou 310023, China

Received 13 April 2013; Accepted 26 May 2013

Academic Editor: Carlo Cattani

Copyright © 2013 Zhijie Bian et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

In this study, the effect of Pilates training on the brain function was investigated through five case studies. Alpha rhythm changes during the Pilates training over the different regions and the whole brain were mainly analyzed, including power spectral density and global synchronization index (GSI). It was found that the neural network of the brain was more active, and the synchronization strength reduced in the frontal and temporal regions due to the Pilates training. These results supported that the Pilates training is very beneficial for improving brain function or intelligence. These findings maybe give us some line evidence to suggest that the Pilates training is very helpful for the intervention of brain degenerative diseases and cogitative dysfunction rehabilitation.