TITLE

Health enhancing strength training in nonagenarians (STRONG): rationale, design and methods

AUTHOR(S)
Rexach, José A. Serra; Ruiz, Jonatan R.; Bustamante-Ara, Natalia; Villarán, Margarita Hierro; Gil, Pedro González; Ibáñez, Maria J. Sanz; Sanz, Nekane Blanco; Santamaría, Victor Ortega; Sanz, Natalia Gutiérrez; Prada, Ana B. Marín; Gallardo, Cristian; Romo, Gabriel Rodríguez; Lucia, Alejandro
PUB. DATE
January 2009
SOURCE
BMC Public Health;2009, Vol. 9, p1
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Background: The Health Enhancing Strength Training in Nonagenarians (STRONG) is a randomised control trial to assess the effectiveness of an aerobic and strength training program for improving muscle strength, functional capacity and quality of life in nonagenarians. Methods: Sixty (51 women) nonagenarians (age range: 90-102 years) who live in a geriatric nursing home will be randomly assigned to either a usual care (control) group (n = 30) or an intervention (training) group (n = 30). Participants allocated in the usual care group will receive general physical activity guidelines and participants allocated in the intervention group will also enrol in three weekly non-consecutive individualized training sessions (∼45-50 min each) during 8 weeks. The exercise program will consist of muscular strength [with a special focus on leg press at 30% (start of the program) to 70% 1 repetition maximum (end)] and aerobic exercises (cycle-ergometry during 3-5 to 15 minutes at 12-14 points in the rate of perceived exertion scale). Results: Results from STRONG will help to better understand the potential of regular physical activity for improving the well-being of the oldest population groups. Conclusion: The increase in life expectancy together with the dramatic decrease in birth rates in industrialized countries calls the attention to health care systems and public health policymakers to focus attention on promoting healthy lifestyle in the highest sector of the population pyramid. Our study attempts to improve functional capacity and QOL of nonagenarians by implementing an individualised aerobic and strength training program in a geriatric residential care. Results from STRONG will help to better understand the potential of regular physical activity for improving the well being even in persons aged 90 years or over.
ACCESSION #
43227009

 

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