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    Last fall I posted an info query, looking for any information
    regarding tai chi and gait/balance, after a student had exhausted my
    library's resources.
    What follows is the summary of answers. I apologize for being slow
    in getting the summary out. And I thank--as always--the participants on
    this list.
    Patrick Ellis

    >From Fri Jan 10 15:03:24 1997
    Date: Tue, 10 Sep 1996 13:57:45 -0400 (EDT)
    From: JIVES
    To: pellis@IS.DAL.CA
    Subject: Tai Chi

    I am presently putting together some material for a review of somatic
    education methods (Feldenkrais, Alexander, etc.). There is a
    reasonable amount of info out there on Tai Chi, but it may be too much
    trouble to find. First, be sure to check out all the Tai Chi names and
    related terms (e.g., qui, quigong, oriental medicine). Examine articles
    with keywords like mind-body and alternative or complementary medicine.
    Find from Somatic sources like the Feldenkrais Guild or the North
    American Society of Alexander Teachers literature on their methods. Some of
    these sources talk about Tai Chi as well. Check the internet under 'somatic' to
    find out more info, and also check out Alternative and complementary medicine
    on the 'net. Get your hands on "Alternative Medicine. Expanding Medical
    Horizons" from the US Govt. Printing office (call 202-512-1800).
    Interlibrary load the material from China if you can. Of course,
    getting and translating these documents may prove to be problematic.
    Good luck,
    Jeff Ives, Ph.D.
    Dept. Exercise Science
    Ithaca College
    Ithaca, NY 14850

    >From niiler@UDel.Edu Fri Jan 10 15:03:31 1997
    Date: Tue, 10 Sep 1996 14:27:34 -0400 (EDT)
    From: Timothy Niiler
    To: Patrick J Ellis
    Subject: Re: taichi and gait/balance

    Sources of information regarding Taiji and balance, balance in general,
    gait...? Regarding the first topic, I doubt very much that you will find
    much information if any since it is not really a mainstream topic. You
    may wish to contact the editors of the Journal of Asian Martial Arts (ISSN
    1057-8358) who may be reached at the below address:
    Via Media Publishing Company
    821 West 24th Street
    Erie, PA 16502
    814-838-7811 (fax)
    Other groups that I know have been involved in the area of biomechanical,
    medical, or other martial arts research include Richard B. Birrer who
    works out of the Catholic Medical Center of Brooklyn & Queens. The last
    number I have listed for him is 718-657-6800 x4173 or x4174. Also there
    is Michael J. Miller from St. Elizabeth Sports Medicine Center in Kentucky
    (phone 606-341-5600).

    Best of Luck!

    Tim Niiler
    Biomechanics and Movement Sciences/USA Wushu Kungfu Federation
    University of Delaware

    Date: Tue, 10 Sep 1996 15:14:02 EST
    From: Steve Wolf
    To: Patrick J Ellis
    Subject: Re: taichi and gait/balance

    > Date: Tue, 10 Sep 1996 12:29:27 -0400
    > To:
    > From: Patrick J Ellis (by way of (Bob
    > Gregor))
    > Subject: taichi and gait/balance

    > Steve,
    > The following message was on my e-mail...... Popular idea these days.
    > I will sane the summary when it is posted.
    > Bob
    > ************************************************** ************************

    > ************************************************** *************************
    > Your email has been forwarded to me.
    Start with the May 1996 issue of J. Amer Geriatrics Soc and work
    Steven L. Wolf, Ph.D., FAPTA
    Center for Rehabilitation Medicine
    Emory University School of Medicine
    1441 Clifton Road NE
    Atlanta, GA (USA) 30322
    (TEL) 404-712-4801
    (FAX) 404-712-4809

    Date: Wed, 11 Sep 1996 09:39:41 +1000 (EST)
    From: Paul Treffner
    To: Patrick J Ellis
    Subject: Re: taichi and gait/balance

    Yes - look into HAPTICS (active and dynamic touch) research - e.g. Turvey,
    Pagano, Burton, Solomon...inspired by James Gibson's work on visual
    perception and action. This is the only correct way to begin to understand
    how one can have knowledge of the world through the body.

    Paul Treffner
    Department of Psychology
    University of Southern Queensland
    Toowoomba, QLD 4350

    Tel 076 31 2975; Fax 076 31 2721

    ,-_|\ .
    / *

    Date: Wed, 11 Sep 1996 08:54:58 -0400
    From: "Mark Grabiner, PhD"
    To: 'Patrick J Ellis'
    Subject: RE: taichi and gait/balance


    I beleive that a group at Emory University, possibly headed up by Steve Wolf is working on just such a project on a large scale.


    Date: Wed, 11 Sep 1996 8:09:26 -0500 (CDT)
    Subject: RE: taichi and gait/balance

    Look in some of the back issues of the PT magazine. It is not indexed on
    Medline or otherwise and I do not intend the Physical Therapy journal. The PT
    Magazine is the "trade" magazine of the American Physical Therapy Association.

    Steve Wolf (Emory University) has a set of articles in the magazine on Tia
    tai chi.

    Clayton Gable, PT,Ph.D.

    Date: Wed, 11 Sep 1996 10:41:41 -0500
    From: "Emily A. Keshner"
    To: Patrick J Ellis
    Subject: tai chi

    You might have the student contact Dr. Timothy Hain at Northwestern
    University ( who has done a study on this subject.

    __________________________________________________ _________________________
    Dr. Emily A. Keshner Phone: 312-908-2228
    Sensory Motor Performance Program Fax: 312-908-2208
    E809 - Room 1406
    Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
    345 East Superior Street e-mail:
    Chicago, IL 60611
    ================================================== =========================

    Date: Wed, 11 Sep 1996 09:06:12 -0700
    From: Nate Siegel
    To: Patrick J Ellis
    Subject: Re: taichi and gait/balance

    There was a paper in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
    earlier this year about using taichi for balance training. Here's the

    Title: "Reducing Frailty and Falls in Older Persons: An Investigation
    of Tai Chi and Computerized Balance Training"

    Authors: Steven L. Wolf, Huiman X. Barnhart, Nancy G. Kutner and others

    Publication: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 44:489-497.

    The PI is at Emory University. I pulled the paper off the Medline.

    Hope this helps.

    Nate Siegel
    >From Fri Jan 10 15:04:19 1997
    Date: Wed, 11 Sep 1996 17:44:07 -0400
    Subject: tai chi and gait/balance

    Dear Mr. Ellis,
    You might try contacting Dr. Steven Wolf, Professor and Director of Research,
    Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Emory University. He presented
    information on the use of tai chi and its relationship to balance in the
    elderly at the Ohio Physical Therapy Conference in April of 1996. Hope this
    Lisa Dutton, MS, PT
    The University of Findlay

    >From Fri Jan 10 15:04:24 1997
    Date: Mon, 16 Sep 1996 12:00:03 -0300
    From: "Dr. Roberta A. Newton"
    Subject: Re: taichi and gait/balance

    There is an article, I believe in the Occupational Journal on Tai Chi- you
    will need to search back at least 5 years. Also Steve Wolf has an article as
    part of the FICIT studies that used Tai Chi for one group and exercises for
    a second group of older adults. Sorry but I am in a bit of a rush, and
    cannot locate either article as quickly as I hoped to. If you still need
    help, please contact me