Dr. Barbara Long
Degree Award Date
Strength Training, Balance, Elderly
Geriatrics | Preventive Medicine | Sports Medicine
Background and Purpose: This case report describes the effects of strength training on the balance of a 78-year-old woman. The purpose of the report is twofold: (1) to provide an overview of falls, balance, strength training, and their interconnection and (2) to describe the effects of an intervention program on a subject with poor balance. Case Description: The patient was a 78-year-old woman who suffered from poor balance, which caused frequent stumbling._ Outcome: Following a six-week strength training exercise program, her balance greatly improved and her frequency of stumbles declined. Discussion: With the evidence from this case study, the link between muscle strength increase and an improvement in balance was justified.
Alger, Melanie N., "The Effects of Strength Training in Improving Balance of the Elderly" (1999). Honors Projects. 465.