The effect of a 12-week dynamic resistance strength training program on gait velocity and balance of older adults

Robert Topp, Alan Mikesky, Janet Wigglesworth, Worthe Holt, Jeffrey E. Edwards

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Abstract

This study tested whether a 12-week dynamic resistance strength training program can change gait velocity and improve measures of balance among adults age 65 and older. Fifty-five community-dwelling adults (X age = 71.1) were randomized into an exercise (n = 25) or control (n = 30) group. The exercisers were requested to complete three bouts of strength training per week for 12 weeks using elastic tubing. At posttest the exercisers demonstrated slower gait velocity, enhanced balance, and an improved ability to walk backward, although none of these posttest measures was significantly different from the control group.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)501-506
Number of pages6
JournalGerontologist
Volume33
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1993

Keywords

  • Exercise intervention
  • Muscle function
  • Postural control

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