Effects of lower-leg training with CLX bands on balance, strength, and mobility in older women

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2018-05
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Rogers, Michael E.
Rogers, Nicole L.
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Rogers, Michael E.; Rogers, Nicole L. 2018. Effects of lower-leg training with CLX bands on balance, strength, and mobility in older women. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, vol. 50:no. 5S:pp 208

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Weakness in the lower-leg, particularly the tibialis anterior, can negatively impact balance and mobility, and thus exacerbate the risk for falls. Although a variety of interventions have been shown to improve strength and balance, such programs often require extensive time and trained professionals. Furthermore, targeting the muscles of the lower-leg is difficult using traditional resistance exercises. The advent of CLX elastic bands with their continuous-loop design has made it easier to perform such exercises. However, the efficacy of such training is unknown. PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to determine if performing two lower-leg exercises using CLX bands for short periods of time (10 min) each day in a home-based setting improves strength, balance, and mobility in older women.

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