Applied physiology of strength and power in old age

Archie Young*, D. A. Skelton

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The loss of strength and power in old age has important implications for health. Even with healthy elderly people, cross-sectional comparisons imply a loss of strength at some 1.5% per year and of power at some 3.5% per year (averaged across the age range 65 to 84). On the other hand, healthy, very elderly people are at least as responsive to strength-training as younger adults. It is important to establish whether elderly people derive functional benefit from training-induced improvements in strength and whether laboratory measurements of strength and power might be used to identify those elderly people most at risk of losing important, everyday functional abilities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)149-151
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Journal of Sports Medicine
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1994


  • activities of daily living
  • aged
  • aged 80 and over
  • ageing physiology
  • human
  • muscles
  • power
  • strength

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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