Fatigue after physical activity in healthy and balance-impaired elderly

Egerton, T., Brauer, S. G. and Cresswell, A. G. (2009) Fatigue after physical activity in healthy and balance-impaired elderly. Journal of Aging And Physical Activity, 17 1: 89-105. doi:10.1123/japa.17.1.89

Author Egerton, T.
Brauer, S. G.
Cresswell, A. G.
Title Fatigue after physical activity in healthy and balance-impaired elderly
Journal name Journal of Aging And Physical Activity   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1063-8652
Publication date 2009-01-01
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1123/japa.17.1.89
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 17
Issue 1
Start page 89
End page 105
Total pages 17
Editor Anthony A Vandervoort (Editor-in-Chief)
Place of publication United States
Publisher Human Kinetics
Language eng
Subject C1
920201 Allied Health Therapies (excl. Mental Health Services)
110317 Physiotherapy
110603 Motor Control
920502 Health Related to Ageing
Abstract This study aimed to determine whether physical activity similar to daily living results in signs and sensations of fatigue in healthy old, balance-impaired old, and healthy young adults. Sensations of general tiredness, leg tiredness, knee-extension and hip-abduction strength, and temporospatial gait variables were measured before, immediately after, and LIP to 20 min after moderate-intensity physical activity. After activity, all groups reported increased levels of tiredness but showed no changes in strength. The balance-impaired had greater and more prolonged feelings of tiredness, with a mean increase before to immediately after activity of 3.6 on the visual analogue scale and no recovery at 16 min. The young and healthy old had an increase of 3 and 2.6, respectively, and had recovered before 16 min. In the balance-impaired group only, cadence slowed immediately after activity. It is proposed that these changes, in particular the prolonged feelings of tiredness, might limit daily activity.
Keyword aging
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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