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Strength & Conditioning Journal:
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e3181cc3dd2
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Resistance Exercise for Sarcopenic Outcomes and Muscular Fitness in Aging Adults

Peterson, Mark D PhD, CSCS*D1,2

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Abstract

MUSCULAR ATROPHY AND WEAKNESS ARE BELIEVED TO PLAY A PRINCIPAL ROLE IN THE PATHOGENESIS OF AGE-RELATED FUNCTIONAL IMPAIRMENT AND ARE CONTRIBUTING RISK FACTORS FOR NUMEROUS DISEASE PROCESSES. THERE IS STRONG EVIDENCE TO SUGGEST THAT THESE DECLINES ARE REVERSIBLE AND THAT AGING PERSONS WITH EARLY-ONSET SARCOPENIA ARE PROBABLY THE MOST LIKELY TO BENEFIT FROM STRATEGIC RESISTANCE EXERCISE INTERVENTIONS. RESISTANCE EXERCISE IS AN EFFICIENT MODE OF EXERCISE FOR AGING ADULTS AND MAY ELICIT SIGNIFICANT INCREASES IN LEAN MUSCLE MASS AND MUSCULAR FITNESS. IMPROVEMENTS IN THESE PARAMETERS ARE IMPORTANT FOR THE PRESERVATION OF FUNCTIONAL INDEPENDENCE, HEALTH, AND OVERALL WELL- BEING OF THIS POPULATION.

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