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Strength and Conditioning for Frail Persons

Mejia, Stephanie CSCS1; Sorace, Paul MS, CSCS2

Strength & Conditioning Journal: December 2008 - Volume 30 - Issue 6 - pp 36-38
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e3181801d89
COLUMNS: Special Populations

FRAILTY IS A CONDITION SEEN PARTICULARLY IN OLDER PEOPLE AND IS CHARACTERIZED BY WEAKNESS, FATIGUE, MOOD DISTURBANCES, AND A VARIETY OF DISEASES AND/OR DISABILITIES. FRAILTY INCREASES THE RISK OF LOSS OF INDEPENDENCE AND EVEN DEATH. EXERCISE TRAINING HAS SIGNIFICANT BENEFITS FOR FRAIL PERSONS. THIS COLUMN SUMMARIZES FRAILTY AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF A STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING PROGRAM FOR FRAIL PERSONS.

1Total Health and Fitness, LLC, Florham Park, New Jersey; 2Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack, New Jersey

Stephanie Mejia is a personal trainer and the owner of Total Health and Fitness, LLC.

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

© 2008 National Strength and Conditioning Association