Resistance Training to Improve Physical Function in the Elderly

This study has been completed.
National Institute on Aging (NIA)
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University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Identifier:
First received: June 22, 2011
Last updated: June 28, 2011
Last verified: June 2011

June 22, 2011
June 28, 2011
June 2009
December 2010   (final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Functionality [ Time Frame: 8 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
Change in Short Performance Physical Battery (SPPB) score is used as a measure of functionality. The SPPB consists of three tasks designed to assess gait speed, and ability to rise from a chair and maintain standing balance. This is a common test to assess function, with scores ranging from 0-12. The higher score equates to a better level of function.
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Resistance Training to Improve Physical Function in the Elderly
Efficacy of Resistance Training Guidelines to Improve Function in Older Adults
The primary purpose of this study is to examine the effectiveness of the current resistance training guidelines for older adults proposed by ACSM/AHA to improve physical function in individuals with reduced physical abilities. A randomized controlled intervention trial will be used to compare change in physical function pre- and post-intervention between a treatment group receiving the minimum recommendations of the guidelines and a control group asked not to change their physical activity participation. To better understand the clinical significance of such an occurrence, a secondary purpose was to determine if older adults with reduced physical abilities who adhere to the recommended intervention dosage will experience a change such that they can be reclassified to a more favorable level of functioning. It is hypothesized that the minimum recommended dosage of the guidelines would be sufficient to both improve physical function and improve functional classification in older adults with reduced physical abilities.
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Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Physical Function
Behavioral: RT
8 week RT Intervention
Experimental: Control
Intervention: Behavioral: RT
Gennuso KP, Zalewski K, Cashin SE, Strath SJ. Resistance training congruent with minimal guidelines improves function in older adults: a pilot study. J Phys Act Health. 2013 Aug;10(6):769-76. Epub 2012 Oct 10.

*   Includes publications given by the data provider as well as publications identified by Identifier (NCT Number) in Medline.
June 2011
December 2010   (final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Older Adults aged >65yrs; reduced physical function

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Those with a history of resistance training
65 Years to 90 Years
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United States
RTFunction, K01AG025962
Scott J Strath PhD, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
National Institute on Aging (NIA)
Study Director: Scott J Strath, PhD University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
June 2011

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