Evaluation of short-term multi-component exercise programming on major variables that directly influence fall risk in older women: a pilot study

Brett D. Bruininks, Starr K. Sage, J. Adam Korak

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Abstract

Falls are linked to gait and balance inconsistencies influenced by a combination of variables including muscle strength and power. Multicomponent athlete training models that incorporate high-intensity challenging activities have been shown to significantly improve strength, power, and balance. This study evaluated the efficacy of a short-term multi-component dynamic training program on strength, power, and balance in older women. Seventeen women participated in 8-weeks of specialized exercise training. Significant changes were observed in all performance variables from baseline. Results suggest short-term, high intensity multi-component programming can be used safely and effectively to improve major variables that influence falls in older women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)415-428
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Women and Aging
Volume34
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2022
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors have no funding to report. The authors would like to acknowledge the contributions of Tim Mortenson, Evan Strewler, Bobby Horner, Mary LeSourd, Diane Pattridge, and Andrew Xotta-Dickson to the project.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021 Taylor & Francis.

Keywords

  • balance
  • Fall prevention
  • lower body muscle strength
  • mobility
  • older women

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article

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