Effect of flywheel resistance training on balance performance in older adults. A randomized controlled trial

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Sanudo, Borja
Gonzalez-Navarrete, Angeles
Alvarez-Barbosa, Francisco
De Hoyo Lora, Moises
del Pozo-Cruz, Jesus
Rogers, Michael E.

Sanudo, Borja; Gonzalez-Navarrete, Angeles; Alvarez-Barbosa, Francisco; De Hoyo Lora, Moises; del Pozo-Cruz, Jesus; Rogers, Michael E. 2019. Effect of flywheel resistance training on balance performance in older adults. A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Sports Science and Medicine, vol. 18:no. 2:pp 344-350


This study aimed to assess the effects of flywheel resistance exercise training on postural stability and mobility in older adults and to investigate whether changes in power are related to improvements in balance. Thirty-six participants were randomly allocated to either a flywheel resistance exercise training group (ETG; n = 18) who underwent 6-weeks of training (2 to 3 days per week) or a control group (CON; n = 18). The average power and Mean Propulsive Velocity (MPV) were computed. Timed up-and-go test (TUG) and postural balance (anterior-posterior (AP) and medial-lateral (ML) center of pressure (COP) excursions) in different tasks were also assessed. Within-group analyses showed a significantly better performance in mobility (TUG, p < 0.01) and COPAP with open eyes (p < 0.05) for ETG. Between-groups analyses showed significant improvements in TUG (-0.68 [-1.25 to -0.98]) and in COPAP (-2.90 [-4.82 to -0.99]) in ETG compared with CON. Mean power also increased in ETG and the changes were related to those observed in stability (COP; r = -0.378, p < 0.05). In conclusion flywheel resistance exercise training improved balance and mobility in older adults as well as muscle power.

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