Effects of physical activity on functional health of older adults: a systematic review

LAM, Michael Huen Sum, LEI, Yang, HO, Roberta Kwan Sum, CHEUNG, Bryan Chun Man, LO, Doris Shuk Ting, SUN, Lily Hongli, LAI, Cherrie Chung Yan, TAM, Winnie Ka Man, KWOK, Stella Sin Tung, FLINT, Stuart W, PEAKE, Rebecca and LEE, Ka Yiu (2017). Effects of physical activity on functional health of older adults: a systematic review. Journal of Athletic Enhancement, 6 (3).

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Reviews on the relationships between functional health and physical activity of general older adults have been well documented in literature. However, specific age range of older adults, in particular, older adults of 75 years or above, is currently under-examined. A systematic review was conducted to investigate the effects of physical activity on functional health older adults aged 75 years or above. The reviewed articles cover a variety range of functional health outcomes, including balance, muscle conditioning, joint range of motion, quadriceps strength, reaction time, gait speed, health-related quality of life, back and knee pain, muscle mass, and walking ability. In general, interventions of the reviewed articles had favourable effects on function health of older adults. While physical activity has been identified as an important determinant of functional health, the ways to engage in and accumulate sufficient daily physical activity warrant investigation. It is also important to explore interventions which enhance daily, self-driven physical activity of elderly, as normally supervised physical activity bears higher costs.

Item Type: Article
Departments - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Health and Well-being > Department of Sport
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.4172/2324-9080.1000260
Depositing User: Rebecca Peake
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2018 14:11
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 16:21
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/18237

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