Muscle Strength and Aerobic Endurance as Factors Differentiating Falling and Non-Falling Men over 70 Years

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Janusz Maciaszek

The aim of the study was to find factors which differentiate generally healthy elderly men who had fallen versus those whom had not fallen throughout the year prior to the study. The participants (66 generally healthy men aged over 70 years) were divided into two groups – those who had fallen (F) and those who had not fallen (NF) in the pe-riod of one year before the study. Their body mass index and fat mass were measured. On the basis of the value of maximum sways on a stable posturographic platform, the sway area was calculated. To study psychomotor fitness reaction time, an analysis was measured by the “Vienna System Test”. Functional fitness was measured on the basis of selected tests from “The Senior Fitness Test”. The complexity of the multiple mechanisms underlying postural control does not allow for clear indication of the risks of stability loss. The experimental group of men over 70 yrs who had fallen (F) was characterised by lower body strength (p<0.05) and endurance (p<0.05), compared to NF group. Exercise programs designed to prevent accidental falls should incorporate strength and aerobic exercises.
DOI 10.2478/v10078-010-0029-y
Key words
balance, elderly, falls

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