High Velocity Power Training in Older Adults
Stephen P. Sayers.
Increases in both the age and the number of older adults in the United States will likely result in more people living with functional limitations and physical disabilities. The impact of this change in demographics will not only significantly impact older adult quality of life but may overwhelm existing health care services for this population. Resistance training with a strengthening component is currently recommended for older adults who wish to increase strength and overall health. However, muscle power has recently been found to contribute more to improvement in physical functioning than muscle strength and is becoming a focus of many resistance training studies in older adults. This review will discuss the current research supporting the implementation of traditional strength-enhancing resistance training, examine the contribution of muscle power to function, explore the rationale for implementing high velocity power training interventions, and review the recent literature on these novel power training interventions in older men and women. Recommendations for future research will be discussed.
Keywords: Aging, resistance training, muscle power, contraction velocity, functional ability, exercise adherence and compliance
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