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Elastic band exercises for elderly people

...can they help in reducing or even preventing frailty?

Frailty is a very common geriatric syndrome which is defined as a clinical state with increased vulnerability when facing unpredicted or undesirable stimulations. It is the consequence of a progressive and multi-factorial age-related physiologic decline affecting several body systems and leading to higher economic burdens, risks of dependency, cognitive issues, falls, hospitalisation or death.

Exercises and physical activity are key interventions to prevent and manage frailty according to literature. Several modes of exercise are recommended, such as balance, aerobic or flexibility. Resistance training seems to be an important aspect to consider and the authors focused here specifically on the effects of elastic band resistance training. 

Such intervention indeed shows several advantages for pre-frail elderly people fighting against frailty: enough time to recover, less risk of injuries (safe tool), involvement of multiple muscle groups, improvement of strength but also gait function, balance, flexibility, quality of life, risk of falls…

The authors found that elastic band training improves frailty states in pre-frail elderly people, allowing them to break away from pre-frailty and restoring them to non-frailty through improvement of frailty symptoms. 

 
 

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