Consensus on core outcome measures of function are needed to progress our knowledge of ‘best practice’ exercise components for older people

Tracey E. Howe, Dawn Skelton

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Abstract

Functional ability is the mainstay of independence in older people. However, there has long been debate over the components of exercise training necessary to improve function. Back in the early 1990's trials were starting to report that explosive power might be more predictive of functional ability than isometric strength [1]. There have been many trials and, more recently, reviews that have considered the effects of either strength training [2] or power training [3] on function, but the paper by Tschopp et al. [4], in this issue, is the first meta-analysis of trials of ‘head-to-head’ comparisons of power training versus conventional resistance training in older people (aged 60+ years). The review included data from 11 studies, involving 377 participants and the authors concluded that improvements in functional outcomes were slightly greater with power training.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)532-533
Number of pages2
JournalAge and Ageing
Volume40
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2011

Keywords

  • exercise
  • older people
  • ageing
  • review

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