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Physical activity in elderly

Jan Cvecka, Veronika Tirpakova, Milan Sedliak, Helmut Kern, Winfried Mayr, Dušan Hamar
  • Jan Cvecka
    Faculty of Physical Education and Sport, Comenius University Bratislava; Aging and Lifestyle Diseases Research Centrum, Comenius University Bratislava, Slovakia | jan.cvecka@uniba.sk
  • Veronika Tirpakova
    Faculty of Physical Education and Sport, Comenius University Bratislava; Aging and Lifestyle Diseases Research Centrum, Comenius University Bratislava, Slovakia
  • Milan Sedliak
    Faculty of Physical Education and Sport, Comenius University Bratislava; Aging and Lifestyle Diseases Research Centrum, Comenius University Bratislava,
  • Helmut Kern
    Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation,Wilhelminenspital, Vienna; Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Electrical Stimulation and Physical Rehabilitation, Vienna, Austria
  • Winfried Mayr
    Center of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, Medical University of Vienna, Austria
  • Dušan Hamar
    Faculty of Physical Education and Sport, Comenius University Bratislava, Slovakia

Abstract

Aging is a multifactorial irreversible process associated with significant decline in muscle mass and neuromuscular functions. One of the most efficient methods to counteract age-related changes in muscle mass and function is physical exercise. An alternative effective intervention to improve muscle structure and performance is electrical stimulation. In the present work we present the positive effects of physical activity in elderly and a study where the effects of a 8-week period of functional electrical stimulation and strength training with proprioceptive stimulation in elderly are compared.

Keywords

Older age; Physical activity; Sarcopenia; Electrical stimulation; Proprioceptive stimulation

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