Lower limb muscle strength and physical activity in healthy individuals approaching retirement

Bryant, Elizabeth, Trew, M.E., Bruce, Alison and Cheek, Liz (2007) Lower limb muscle strength and physical activity in healthy individuals approaching retirement Journal of Sports Sciences, 25 (7). pp. 835-842. ISSN 1466-447X

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The purpose of this study was to examine knee extensor/flexor muscle strength and physical activity in healthy males and females approaching retirement. Peak torques of the knee extensor and knee flexor muscle groups were measured bilaterally in 95 individuals (mean age 59.4 years) using an isokinetic dynamometer. Isokinetic concentric contractions were performed at angular velocities of 1.05 and 3.14 rad · s-1. Physical activity, including household, leisure, and sporting activities, was assessed. The results show that the average peak torques exhibited were lower than previously reported in studies using the same methodology with different populations of similar age and body size. Over one-third of the participants were sedentary, with just 13% being active enough to obtain health benefits. The poor muscle strength and low physical activity of this self selecting group of healthy working adults were surprising, and potentially a cause for concern. The combination of retirement being a potential watershed for a decrease in physical activity and the known age-related decline in physical performance indicates that some of these participants are at risk of losing their functional independence fairly early in the retirement stage. We recommend the introduction of effective health promotion interventions for individuals approaching retirement, encouraging them to become more physically active.

Item Type: Journal article
Subjects: B000 Health Professions
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.1080/02640410600875077
Faculties: Faculty of Health and Social Sciences > School of Health Professions
Depositing User: editor health
Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2007
Last Modified: 16 Mar 2015 13:27
URI: http://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/id/eprint/2416

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