Evidence-based recommendations for resistance and power training to prevent frailty in community-dwellers

Review written by Dr Mariana Wingood info

Key Points

  1. Frailty is reversible if appropriate exercise programs are implemented.
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BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVE

Frailty is a clinically reversible state of increased vulnerability to health-related adverse events, which occur faster and separately than normal aging. These events include disability and mortality. Frailty can be assessed using one of two ways – the clinical phenotypes (2) outlined in Box 1, or using the Clinical Frailty Scale (3).

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The optimal methodology to prevent and manage frailty continues to be evaluated, with many experts suggesting that exercise training, including resistance (RT) and power training (PT), is a crucial component (4). The objective of this study was to provide evidence-based recommendations for primary health care professionals on prescribing RT and PT to manage frailty in community-dwellers.

Frailty is a clinically reversible state of increased vulnerability to health-related adverse events.
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Periodization is an essential component of prescribing appropriately dosed exercise.

METHODS

Using multiple search engines, the authors put together a narrative statement of best practice recommendations related to RT and PT protocols.

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