Proposta di una batteria di test di valutazione dell'efficienza fisica di una popolazione anziana italiana

Translated title of the contribution: Proposal for a physical fitness evaluation test battery of an Italian elderly population

Giovanni Melchiorri, Giuseppe Annino, Michele Panzarino, Valerio Viero, Francesca Campoli, Mauro Lombardo, Elvira Padua

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to describe a physical efficiency assessment test battery in an Italian healthy elderly population and outline the physiological evolution of motor skills in different age groups (range 50-90 years). METHODS: The study participants were 1583 elderly subjects (70.68±6.13 years), recruited through Social Centers for Elderly in urban areas of Lazio. RESULTS: Significant differences in the decline of lower limb and abdominal muscles strength, in balance and flexibility with aging of subjects and a marked deterioration in the range 70-79 years. CONCLUSIONS: The test battery has proven to be a valuable tool to evaluate multiple aspects of physical fitness in the elderly population, due to its simplicity and applicability. The combined use of these tests may be recommended for a better definition of the physical age in subjects between 50 and 90 years.

Translated title of the contributionProposal for a physical fitness evaluation test battery of an Italian elderly population
Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)126-136
Number of pages11
JournalMedicina dello Sport
Volume70
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2017

Keywords

  • Elderly
  • Exercise
  • Physical fitness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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