Age-related changes in musculoskeletal function, balance and mobility measures in men aged 30-80 years

Nolan, Melissa, Nitz, Jennifer, Low Choy, Nancy and Illing, Sarah (2010) Age-related changes in musculoskeletal function, balance and mobility measures in men aged 30-80 years. Aging Male, 13 3: 194-201. doi:10.3109/13685531003657818

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Author Nolan, Melissa
Nitz, Jennifer
Low Choy, Nancy
Illing, Sarah
Title Age-related changes in musculoskeletal function, balance and mobility measures in men aged 30-80 years
Journal name Aging Male   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1368-5538
1473-0790
Publication date 2010-09
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3109/13685531003657818
Volume 13
Issue 3
Start page 194
End page 201
Total pages 8
Editor Bruno Lunenfeld
Place of publication London, U.K.
Publisher Parthenon
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Subject 1103 Clinical Sciences
C1
Formatted abstract Objectives: This study aimed to establish age-related changes in musculoskeletal function, balance and mobility measures in men.
Design.An observational, cross-sectional cohort study was undertaken.
Methods: One hundred six healthy, community-ambulant men (3080 years) participated in this study. Recruitment of a convenience sample continued until a minimum of 20 men represented each decade between 30 and 80 years. Demographics (age, height, weight), health and current activity level were recorded. Balance and mobility were measured using the timed up and go test, the step test, functional and lateral reach. Reaction time was determined from limits of stability test. Leg muscle strength was measured with a spring gauge (kg), and ankle flexibility was measured using goniometry.
Results
: Balance, mobility and most strength measures were reduced by the 60s while ankle flexibility declined by the 70s (p<0.01). Reaction times increased by the 60s (p<0.01).
Conclusion.This study of men demonstrated reduced musculoskeletal function, balance and mobility generally by the 60s. These results provide health professionals with normal performance levels to use as therapeutic goals as well as identify musculoskeletal factors associated with reducing balance and mobility. Hence, these results inform clinicians and policy makers for the establishment of pre-emptive interventions to promote healthier ageing.
© 2010 Informa UK Ltd.
Keyword Men
Aging
Functional balance
Strength
Mobility
Older adults
Sensorimotor function
Dynamic balance
Go test
Falls
Performance
People
Women
Stability
Values
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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