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Resistance Training for Older Adults

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The benefits of resistance training are almost overwhelming, however, too few older adults participate in resistance training, largely because of fear, confusion, and lack of consensus to guide implementation. It is the hope that this position statement may have a positive impact addressing these issues and on empowering healthier aging.

Resistance Training for Older Adults: Position Statement from the National Strength and Conditioning Association

October 1, 2019

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This infographic summarizes the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s (NSCA) position statement for resistance training for older adults and the benefits, program suggestions, and considerations specific to them.

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Resistance Training for the Older Client – Should They Press, Squat, and Deadlift?

April 30, 2021

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This article discusses the importance of resistance training for older adults and considerations that personal trainers need to be aware of when working with this population.

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The Strength and Conditioning Professional’s Role in Preventing Falls of Older Adults

June 1, 2017

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This article reviews common risk factors for falls, discusses practical means to assess risks, and proposes training strategies and other avenues aimed at reducing the risk of falling in older adults.

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Resistance Exercise Preserves Physical Function of Older Adults—Implications for Strength and Conditioning Professionals

October 15, 2018

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Older adults who desire to remain physically active at work, recreation, or sport can improve muscular strength, physical performance, and injury prevention if engaged in a properly designed resistance exercise program. The programming considerations presented herein may serve as a useful reference for strength and conditioning professionals working closely with active older adults.

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Effect of Alternative Low-Impact Physical Activity and Exercise on Older Adults

January 29, 2021

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The purpose of this article is to discuss the various types of low-impact activities and their associated cardiovascular and musculoskeletal benefits.

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Training Considerations for Swimming in Older Adults

June 1, 2017

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Swimming is a form of exercise that has minimal impact on body joints as it applies a lower amount of stress compared to other popular activities, such as walking. This article offers different methods of swimming that improve overall health aimed for the maturing adult.

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Pickleball Training for Older Adults

April 1, 2016

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An appropriately designed program with elements of safe resistance training that focuses on the upper back and external shoulder rotators and open agility technique training may improve agility on the pickleball court, decrease the injury risk of older pickleball players, and increase the self-confidence of these individuals on the court and in daily life.

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Resistance Training for the Aging Adult: An Evidence-Based Approach

March 25, 2013

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Brent Alvar, PhD, CSCS,*D, RSCC*D, spoke at the NSCA's 2013 Personal Trainer conference on the evidence supporting resistance training for older adults.

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