MedStrength training provides safe, scientific strengthening of the musculoskeletal system to promote independence in the pursuit of better health, function and quality of life.
The effect of resistance or strength training on muscle strength and endurance and rehabilitation for musculoskeletal injury is well known.
Falls have been identified as the most frequent cause of injury-related mortality in the elderly. Up to 90% of all hip fractures in the elderly occur as a result of a fall.
Strength training improves:
- quadriceps strength
- neuromuscular function
- gait (walking) and endurance
- balance, co-ordination and agility
- ability to protect yourself during a fall
A study by Fiatarone et al. 1994 examined the effect of 10 weeks of resistance exercise for the legs only on muscle strength and function in elderly adults (mean age 87). Findings were that resistance exercise
- increased muscle strength 113%
- increased gait velocity 12%
- increased stair-climbing power 28%
Gains are not maintained without ongoing strength training.
MedStrength training improves function by strengthening muscles for:
- ease and control of movement
- improved stability and endurance
- less fatigue
- improved balance
- improved ability to manage activities of daily living (ADLs)
- improved ability to participate in your chosen recreational sport, job or daily tasks with confidence