Comparison of functional fitness training model & the traditional resistance training model for the development of functional fitness in older adults
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Shideler, Andrew, Swartz, Mark, Michel, Jessica & Schulte, Janelle .(2007). Comparison of functional fitness training model & the traditional resistance training model for the development of functional fitness in older adults. In Proceedings : 3rd Annual Symposium : Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects. Wichita, KS : Wichita State University, p.21-22
Aging is a process associated with decreases in physiological and functional capabilities. Specifically, age-related loss in muscle strength, balance and flexibility are related to impaired functional mobility in older adults. This research project was designed to compare the functional fitness ability between different types of exercise programs. Participants in the study included 42 men and women ranging in age from 66 to 91 years of age, who exercised on a regular basis. The participants were recruited from the Center for Physical Activity and Aging at Wichita State University. These individuals included faculty, staff and retirees of the university as well as individuals from the local community. Participants in each group will be pre-tested and post-tested using the test battery developed by Rikli and Jones for functional fitness testing of the elderly population. Subjects participated in the functional fitness, the strength training, or control group for 12 weeks. There were no significant differences found between pretest and posttest scores among the groups for any of the functional tests. However, positive changes were noted in the functional training group.
Paper presented to the 3rd Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects (GRASP) held at the Hughes Metropolitan Complex, Wichita State University, April 27, 2007.
Research completed at the Department of Physical Therapy, College of Health Professions