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Health Benefits of Alpine Skiing for the Elderly (SASES)

This study has been completed.
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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01248910
First Posted: November 25, 2010
Last Update Posted: November 25, 2010
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Collaborators:
Manchester Metropolitan University
University of Freiburg
University of Copenhagen
Paracelsus Medical University
Information provided by:
University of Salzburg
  Purpose
Older people tend to live a sedentary lifestyle which causes a loss of cardiorespiratory fitness, impaired postural stability and a increased risk of falls. Social isolation of older people leads to depression and other mental diseases. However, numerous studies show that age-related degradation processes and functional limitations can be counteracted by physical activity. Various studies show that alpine skiing is a complex sport that places demands on the cardiorespiratory, neuromuscular and sensorimotor systems. With studies providing evidence to suggest alpine skiing is an appropriate activity for elderly as a health-enhancing sport, perhaps Alpine skiing could provide the physical activity needed to counteract age-related degradation processes and loss of function. To date, there is a lack of long-term intervention studies devoted to this topic. The aim of this study was to monitor the long-term effects of skiing on the health of older people, as to age-related muscle breakdown, cardiorespiratory fitness, body stability, general mobility and the overall psychological state of the subjects.

Condition Intervention
Elderly Strength Exercise Capacity Postural Control Behavioral: Alpine Skiing

Study Type: Interventional
Official Title: SASES: SAlzburg Skiing in the Elderly Study: Health Benefits of Alpine Skiing for the Elderly

Further study details as provided by University of Salzburg:

Study Start Date: December 2008
Study Completion Date: November 2010
Primary Completion Date: November 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Alpine Skiing Behavioral: Alpine Skiing
No Intervention: Control group

  Eligibility

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Ages Eligible for Study:   60 Years to 75 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Age 60-75 years of age at
  • average or above average skiing ability
  • average physical activity level
  • willingness to ski regularly (2-3 days per week) for 12 weeks
  • ability to give written informed consent

Exclusion Criteria:

  • serious health problems that would make alpine skiing unjustifiable
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT01248910


Locations
Austria
Department of Sport Science and Christian Doppler Laboratory "Biomechanics in Skiing"
Hallein, Salzburg, Austria, 5400
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Salzburg
Manchester Metropolitan University
University of Freiburg
University of Copenhagen
Paracelsus Medical University
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Erich Müller, PhD Department of Sport Science and Kinesiology, University of Salzburg
  More Information

Responsible Party: Erich Müller, Department of Sport Science and Kinesiology, University of Salzburg
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01248910     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: SASES
First Submitted: November 24, 2010
First Posted: November 25, 2010
Last Update Posted: November 25, 2010
Last Verified: October 2010