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Digit force control in older adults: Benefits of resistance-training?
Ageing International (2006)
  • Justin W.L. Keogh, Auckland University of Technology

This paper seeks to review the effect on digit force control of: 1) the ageing process; and 2) the resistance-training in older adults. Significant age-related decreases in finger-pinch force control were observed in many but not all studies. Those that didn't report age-related differences involved bi-digit finger-pinch tasks requiring the production of constant forces only. This suggests that the age-related decline in force control becomes more pronounced the more challenging the force production task. While three studies reported that resistance-training improved older adults' digit force control capabilities, it is unclear if these improvements would occur in tasks that: 1) require the coordinated activity of multiple fingers and muscles; but 2) are not specifically performed during training. Future research in this area should use more “real-world” tasks to increase the generalisability of these findings, while recording individual digit forces and muscle activity to gain further insight into the mechanisms responsible.

  • digit force control,
  • older adults,
  • resistance training
Publication Date
June 1, 2006
Publisher Statement
Accepted Version.

Keogh, J. W. L. (2006). Digit force control in older adults: Benefits of resistance-training? Ageing International, 31(3), 217-231.

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© Copyright Springer, 2006
Citation Information
Justin W.L. Keogh. "Digit force control in older adults: Benefits of resistance-training?" Ageing International Vol. 31 Iss. 3 (2006)
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