The effect of functional circuit training on physical frailty in frail older adults: A randomized controlled trial

Maria Giné-Garriga, Míriam Guerra, Esther Pagès, Todd M. Manini, Rosario Jiménez, Viswanath B. Unnithan

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The purpose of this study was to evaluate whether a 12-wk functional circuittraining program (FCT) could alter markers of physical frailty in a group of frail community-dwelling adults. Fifty-one individuals (31 women, 20 men), mean age (± SD) 84 (± 2.9) yr, met frailty criteria and were randomly assigned into groups (FCT = 26, control group [CG] = 25). FCT underwent a 12-wk exercise program. CG met once a week for health education meetings. Measures of physical frailty, function, strength, balance, and gait speed were assessed at Weeks 0, 12, and 36. Physical-frailty measures in FCT showed significant (p <.05) improvements relative to those in CG (Barthel Index at Weeks 0 and 36: 73.41 (± 2.35) and 77.0 (± 2.38) for the FCT and 70.79 (± 2.53) and 66.73 (± 2.73) for the CG. These data indicate that an FCT program is effective in improving measures of function and reducing physical frailty among frail older adults.

Idioma originalAnglès
Pàgines (de-a)401-424
Nombre de pàgines24
RevistaJournal of Aging and Physical Activity
Volum18
Número4
DOIs
Estat de la publicacióPublicada - d’oct. 2010

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