Resistance Training to Improve Physical Function in the Elderly
The primary purpose of this study is to examine the effectiveness of the current resistance training guidelines for older adults proposed by ACSM/AHA to improve physical function in individuals with reduced physical abilities. A randomized controlled intervention trial will be used to compare change in physical function pre- and post-intervention between a treatment group receiving the minimum recommendations of the guidelines and a control group asked not to change their physical activity participation. To better understand the clinical significance of such an occurrence, a secondary purpose was to determine if older adults with reduced physical abilities who adhere to the recommended intervention dosage will experience a change such that they can be reclassified to a more favorable level of functioning. It is hypothesized that the minimum recommended dosage of the guidelines would be sufficient to both improve physical function and improve functional classification in older adults with reduced physical abilities.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Prevention
|Official Title:||Efficacy of Resistance Training Guidelines to Improve Function in Older Adults|
- Functionality [ Time Frame: 8 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]Change in Short Performance Physical Battery (SPPB) score is used as a measure of functionality. The SPPB consists of three tasks designed to assess gait speed, and ability to rise from a chair and maintain standing balance. This is a common test to assess function, with scores ranging from 0-12. The higher score equates to a better level of function.
|Study Start Date:||June 2009|
|Study Completion Date:||June 2011|
|Primary Completion Date:||December 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
|United States, Wisconsin|
|Physical Activity & Health Research Laboratory|
|Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States, 53211|
|Study Director:||Scott J Strath, PhD||University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee|