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Clin Geriatr Med. 2010 Aug;26(3):445-59. doi: 10.1016/j.cger.2010.03.006.

Strength training in older adults: the benefits for osteoarthritis.

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Health and Disability Research Institute, Boston University School of Public Health, MA, USA. nlatham@bu.edu

Abstract

This review summarizes the findings of randomized controlled trials of progressive resistance training (PRT) by older people with osteoarthritis (OA). A significant benefit was found in lower-extremity extensor strength, function, and pain reduction. Across all 3 outcomes, the estimated effect size was moderate, which contrasted with trials of PRT in non-OA-specific groups of older adults where a large effect was found in strength but a small effect on function. This suggests that strength training has strong functional benefits for older adults with OA. Older adults with OA benefit from a strength-training program that provides progressive overload to maintain intensity throughout an exercise program.

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20699165
PMCID:
PMC3606891
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10.1016/j.cger.2010.03.006
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