Sports and Health Care

The Influence of an Eight-Week Whirling-Kung Training Course on the Heart Rate Variability (HRV)


 The purpose of this study is to explore the influence of an eight-week whirling-kung training course on the heart rate variability (HRV) in order to know whether or not practicing whirling-kung continuously for 5 to 15 minutes three times a week is helpful to physical and mental health, indicated by the HRV indicators of the subjects.

Results from paired-samples t tests show that in the whirling-kung group and the walking group, the HRV components such as SDNN, TP and HF did not increase significantly as hypothesized, while LF did not decrease significantly as hypothesized. Perhaps the relatively small sample sizes and the insufficient training courses have led to these consequences. However, the SDNN and TP in the control group has a statistically significant drop (p<0.05),
compared to their rise in both the treatment group 1 and 2, though not statistically significant, which might suggest, like the walking group (treatment group 2), whirling might have avoided the dropping of the SDNN and TP.