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Resistance Training to Improve Physical Function in the Elderly

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

Condition Intervention
Physical Function Behavioral: RT

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Efficacy of Resistance Training Guidelines to Improve Function in Older Adults

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Further study details as provided by University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Functionality [ Time Frame: 8 weeks ]
    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.

Enrollment: 25
Study Start Date: June 2009
Study Completion Date: June 2011
Primary Completion Date: December 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Control Behavioral: RT
8 week RT Intervention


Ages Eligible for Study:   65 Years to 90 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Older Adults aged >65yrs; reduced physical function

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Those with a history of resistance training
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01385475

United States, Wisconsin
Physical Activity & Health Research Laboratory
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States, 53211
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
National Institute on Aging (NIA)
Study Director: Scott J Strath, PhD University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Scott J Strath PhD, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Identifier: NCT01385475     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: RTFunction
K01AG025962 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
Study First Received: June 22, 2011
Last Updated: June 28, 2011

Keywords provided by University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee:
Resistance Training
Physical Function
Older Adults processed this record on September 19, 2017