Biomechanics of Tai Chi: a review

Sports Biomech. 2007 Sep;6(3):453-64. doi: 10.1080/14763140701491674.


Tai Chi Chuan is a favourite form of exercise throughout the world and has drawn increasing research interest from international scientists. Biomechanical research into Tai Chi has grown substantially and has provided evidence of the beneficial effects of Tai Chi exercise on health, fitness, and prevention of falls. This paper reviews studies that have explored the biomechanical aspects of Tai Chi, such as balance, kinematics, kinetics, strength, and neuromuscular activities.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biomechanical Phenomena / methods*
  • Exercise / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Joints / physiology*
  • Martial Arts / physiology
  • Models, Biological*
  • Muscle, Skeletal / physiology*
  • Physical Exertion / physiology*
  • Tai Ji / methods*