publication . Article . 2012

Lower limb muscle strength (LLMS): Why sedentary life should never start? A review

Karin Mariëlle Volkers; Jorrit Frederik de Kieviet; Hans Peter Wittingen; Erik Johan Anton Scherder;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2012
  • Country: Netherlands
Abstract
Aging coincides with a decline in LLMS. Preserving LLMS may be considered a very important determinant of functional independence in the elderly. To maintain LLMS the question arises whether habitual physical activities (HPA) can prevent a decline in LLMS. This review aims to determine the relationship between HPA throughout life and LLMS above age 50. Using relevant databases and keywords, 70 studies that met the inclusion criteria were reviewed and where possible, a meta-analysis was performed. The main findings are: (1) the present level of HPA is positively related to LLMS; (2) HPA in the past has little effect on present LLMS; (3) HPA involving endurance ha...
Subjects
Medical Subject Headings: endocrine system
free text keywords: Ageing, Gerontology, Health(social science), Geriatrics and Gerontology, Functional independence, Physical therapy, medicine.medical_specialty, medicine, Lower limb muscle, Sedentary lifestyle, business.industry, business, Physical medicine and rehabilitation, Motor activity, Muscle strength
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