2015 年 25 巻 1 号 p. 1_39-1_48
The purpose of the present study was to investigate the perception regarding TAIKAN (which means the trunk or torso, including the core) exercise training among young adults. A questionnaire-based survey was performed on university students (n = 236) to clarify the relationships between exercise habits, perception of TAIKAN training exercise, and frequency of implementation of the same. The participants, who exercised regularly (30 or more min per day, 2 or more days per week, and maintaining this for more than 1 year) , had a higher proportion of understanding of TAIKAN than the participants who did not exercise. However, even most of the participants who did not exercise were aware of the word TAIKAN. The participants who exercised regularly performed TAIKAN training at a high frequency, even if they did not understand the meaning of TAIKAN. Furthermore, among the participants who understood TAIKAN, 20-30% consciously train their upper arm or thigh muscles, and 10% train their forearm or lower thigh muscles. These results suggest that although awareness of the word TAIKAN was high, regardless of presence or absence of exercise habits, its meaning might not be properly understood. Therefore, to enhance the effect of training, it is important to instruct people in the correct way of performing TAIKAN training exercises.