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Revista Brasileira de Medicina do Esporte

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Abstract

SILVA, Andressa da et al. Balance, coordination and agility of older individuals submitted to physical resisted exercises practice. Rev Bras Med Esporte [online]. 2008, vol.14, n.2, pp. 88-93. ISSN 1517-8692.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1517-86922008000200001.

OBJECTIVES: To evaluate balance, coordination and agility of older subjects submitted to physical exercise. METHODS: 61 male older subjects, aged between 60-75 years, randomly assigned to a resisted exercises with gradual load (n=39) group or to a control group submitted to exercise without load (n=22). The resisted exercise group participated in a 24 week-program, with 3 weekly visits, in not consecutive days. After the training ending, they were evaluated through the Berg Balance Scale and the Tinetti and Timed UP & GO tests. RESULTS: Comparing the two groups, better statistical significant performance was verified for the experimental group for the Timed "Up & Go" (p=0.02), for the Total Tinetti (p=0.046) and for the Tinetti gait tests (p=0.029). Therefore, we did not find difference in the Berg Balance Scale or in the Tinetti balance test. CONCLUSION: The strength training program during 24 weeks behaved favorable in improving functional and motor performance of older subjects.

Keywords : balance; falls; the elderly; clinical inquiry; physical exercise.

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