The purposes of our eight week community-based, progressive resistance training (PRT) intervention program were two-fold. The first purpose was to determine the efficacy of participation in PRT in improving functional fitness (cardiovascular endurance, strength, agility, coordination, flexibility, dynamic balance, static balance) of elderly participants 60 years and older. The second purpose was to determine the feasibility of delivering PRT within the context of a community-based recreation program for older adults. Of the seven functional outcome measures, five (strength, agility, coordination, flexibility, dynamic balance) were associated with statistically significant improvement following completion of the program. The PRT program described in this paper was a “low tech” intervention that may be organized, implemented, and supervised by a community-based therapeutic recreation specialist (TRS) to enhance the functional fitness of older adults. PRT is a simple and inexpensive technique compared to many other preventive and/or intervention protocols for improving functional ability among older adults. Implications of the program for TRS and safety precautions are also discussed.
Author Kenneth E. Mobily, Paula R. Mobily, Becky K. Lane, Tamar Z. Semerjian
Volume Vol 32, No 1 (1998)