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Strength & Conditioning Journal:
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e318166c2b5
COLUMNS: Special Populations

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

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Abstract

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.

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