The effects of pole walking on health in adults: a systematic review

Fritschi, J. O., Brown, W. J., Laukkanen, R. and van Uffelen, J. G. Z. (2012) The effects of pole walking on health in adults: a systematic review. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, 22 5: e70-e78. doi:10.1111/j.1600-0838.2012.01495.x


Author Fritschi, J. O.
Brown, W. J.
Laukkanen, R.
van Uffelen, J. G. Z.
Title The effects of pole walking on health in adults: a systematic review
Journal name Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0905-7188
1600-0838
Publication date 2012-10
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1111/j.1600-0838.2012.01495.x
Volume 22
Issue 5
Start page e70
End page e78
Total pages 9
Place of publication Malden, MA, United States
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract The aim of this systematic review was to summarize the effects of pole walking (PW) programs on physical and psychosocial health. Randomized controlled and controlled trials were identified from literature searches in PubMed, Cochrane library, EMBASE, SPORTdiscuss, CINAHL and PEDRO. A total of 14 articles from 13 studies met the inclusion criteria. Eleven of the included studies had a quality score of 50% or higher. Most studies included mid to older aged men and women in clinical populations with various medical conditions. Only two studies included nonclinical populations. The majority of the PW programs consisted of supervised group sessions performed two to three times weekly for 8 weeks or longer. Most studies investigated the effects of PW on both physical and psychosocial health and the majority examined effects on four to five outcomes. The effects of PW on cardiorespiratory fitness were most extensively studied. The most frequently examined psychosocial measure was quality of life. All studies reported at least one beneficial effect of PW compared with the control group. The results of this systematic review indicate that PW programs have some beneficial effects on both physical and psychosocial health in adults with and without clinical conditions.
Keyword Pole walking
Randomized controlled trial
Physical health
Psychosocial health
Quality of life
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Article first published online: 27 June 2012.

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collections: Official 2013 Collection
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