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Resistance Training for Persons With Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Ronai, Peter MS, CSCS-D, NSCA-CPT1,2; Sorace, Paul MS, CSCS3; LaFontaine, Tom PhD, CSCS, NSCA-CPT4,5

Strength & Conditioning Journal: April 2008 - Volume 30 - Issue 2 - pp 32-34
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e318166c2b5
COLUMNS: Special Populations

ARTHRITIC CONDITIONS AFFECT MORE THAN 40 MILLION AMERICANS AND ARE A MAJOR CAUSE OF PHYSICAL DISABILITY. RESISTANCE TRAINING HAS BEEN FOUND TO IMPROVE MUSCULAR PERFORMANCE IN PERSONS WITH OSTEOARTHRITIS AND RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS. THIS COLUMN DISCUSSES THE BENEFITS OF RESISTANCE TRAINING IN PERSONS WITH OSTEOARTHRITIS AND RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS AND PROVIDES GENERAL SUGGESTIONS FOR DEVELOPING SAFE, EFFECTIVE RESISTANCE TRAINING PROGRAMS.

1Ahlbin Rehabilitation Centers of Bridgeport Hospital, Shelton, Connecticut; 2Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, Connecticut; 3Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack, New Jersey; 4PREVENT Consulting Services, LLC, Columbia, Missouri; 5University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, Missouri

Peter Ronai is a clinical exercise physiologist for Ahlbin Rehabilitation Centers of Bridgeport Hospital in Shelton, CT and Adjunct Instructor at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, Connecticut.

Paul Sorace is a clinical exercise physiologist for The Cardiac Prevention & Rehabilitation Program and Program Coordinator for The Bariatric Rehabilitation Program at Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, New Jersey.

Tom LaFontaine manages a personal health consulting business, PREVENT Consulting Services, LLC, and is Adjunct Professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia in Columbia, Missouri.

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