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Eur J Transl Myol. 2015 Aug 25;25(4):249-52. doi: 10.4081/ejtm.2015.5280. eCollection 2015 Aug 24.

Physical Activity in Elderly.

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1
Comenius University Bratislava, Slovakia, Faculty of Physical Education and Sport, Slovakia; Aging and Lifestyle Diseases Research Centrum, Comenius University Bratislava, Slovakia.
2
Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Wilhelminenspital, Vienna, Austria; Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Electrical Stimulation and Physical Rehabilitation, Vienna, Austria.
3
Center of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, Medical University of Vienna , Vienna, Austria.
4
Comenius University Bratislava , Slovakia, Faculty of Physical Education and Sport, Slovakia.

Abstract

Aging is a multifactorial irreversible process associated with significant decline in muscle mass and neuromuscular functions. One of the most efficient methods to counteract age-related changes in muscle mass and function is physical exercise. An alternative effective intervention to improve muscle structure and performance is electrical stimulation. In the present work we present the positive effects of physical activity in elderly and a study where the effects of a 8-week period of functional electrical stimulation and strength training with proprioceptive stimulation in elderly are compared.

KEYWORDS:

electrical stimulation; older age; physical activity; proprioceptive stimulation; sarcopenia

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