Publication Details

Hasegawa, R., Islam, M., Watanabe, R., Tomiyama, N. & Taaffe, D. R. (2014). Effects of periodic task-specific test feedback on physical performance in older adults undertaking band-based resistance exercise. Journal of Aging Research, 2014 171694-1-171694-8.


The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of periodic task-specific test feedback on performance improvement in older adults undertaking community- and home-based resistance exercises (CHBRE). Fifty-two older adults (65-83 years) were assigned to a muscular perfsormance feedback group (MPG, n=32) or a functional mobility feedback group (FMG, n=20). Both groups received exactly the same 9-week CHBRE program comprising one community-based and two home-based sessions per week. Muscle performance included arm curls and chair stands in 30 seconds, while functional mobility was determined by the timed up and go (TUG) test. MPG received fortnightly test feedback only on muscle performance and FMG received feedback only on the TUG. Following training, there was a significant (P<0.05) interaction for all performance tests with MPG improving more for the arm curls (MPG 31.4%, FMG 15.9%) and chair stands (MPG 33.7%, FMG 24.9%) while FMG improved more for the TUG (MPG-3.5%, FMG-9.7%). Results from this nonrandomized study suggest that periodic test feedback during resistance training may enhance task-specific physical performance in older persons, thereby augmenting reserve capacity or potentially reducing the time required to recover functional abilities.



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