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Revista Brasileira de Educação Física e Esporte
Print version ISSN 1807-5509
UENO, Deisy Terumi et al. Effects of three methods of physical activity in functional ability of elderly. Rev. bras. educ. fís. esporte [online]. 2012, vol.26, n.2, pp. 273-281. ISSN 1807-5509. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1807-55092012000200010.
The aim of this study was to analyze and compare the effects of three types of physical activity: general physical activity, dance and weight training, in functional capacity in elderly. The sample included 94 seniors with a mean age of 64.06 ± 7.38 years, who participated in PROFIT. For the evaluation we used the battery of test from AAHPERD, which checks the levels of flexibility, coordination, agility and dynamic balance, strength endurance and general endurance before and after four months of intervention. The results indicated a maintained in the levels of functional components. The participants general physical activity group had better results on the components: strength endurance, agility and dynamic balance. It can be concluded that the practice of regular physical activity and systematized, regardless of the type may have a positive influence on the functional performance of elderly and can preserve their independence and autonomy.
Keywords : Elderly; Physical activity; Functional capacity.