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Strength and coordination training are both effective in reducing the postural tremor amplitude of older adults
Journal of Aging and Physical Activity (2010)
  • Justin W.L. Keogh, Auckland University of Technology
  • Steve Morrison, Old Dominion University
  • Rod Barrett, Griffith University
Abstract

The current study investigated the effect of 2 different types of unilateral resistance training on the postural tremor output of 19 neurologically healthy men age 70–80 yr. The strength- (n = 7) and coordination-training (n = 7) groups trained twice a week for 6 wk, performing dumbbell biceps curls, wrist flexions, and wrist extensions, while the control group (n = 5) maintained their normal activities. Changes in index-finger tremor (RMS amplitude, peak, and proportional power) and upper limb muscle coactivation were assessed during 4 postural conditions that were performed separately with the trained and untrained limbs. The 2 training groups experienced significantly greater reductions in mean RMS tremor amplitude, peak, and proportional tremor power 8–12 Hz and upper limb muscle coactivation, as well as greater increases in strength, than the control group. These results further demonstrate the benefits of resistance training for improving function in older adults.

Keywords
  • aging,
  • exercise therapy,
  • upper limb,
  • weight training
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Publication Date
January 1, 2010
Publisher Statement
Published Version.

Keogh, J. W. L., Morrison, S. & Barrett, R. (2010). Strength and coordination training are both effective in reducing the postural tremor amplitude of older adults. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 18(1), 43-60.

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© Copyright Human Kinetics, Inc., 2010
Citation Information
Justin W.L. Keogh, Steve Morrison and Rod Barrett. "Strength and coordination training are both effective in reducing the postural tremor amplitude of older adults" Journal of Aging and Physical Activity Vol. 18 Iss. 1 (2010)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/justin_keogh/5/