Progressive resistance strength training appears to be an effective intervention to reduce physical disability in older adults, say authors of research published in the January 2011 issue of Disability and Rehabilitation. To maximize the effect, the authors suggest therapists use responsive outcome measures and multi-component intervention approach.

2 reviewers independently researched data. The trial inclusion criteria were: (1) randomized controlled trials, (2) mean age of participant sample as ≥ 60 years, (3) progressive resistance strength training as the primary intervention and, (4) outcome measures of physical disability (ie physical function domain of the Short-Form 36).

Thirty-three trials were analyzed. The intervention groups showed reduced physical disability when compared with the control groups (SMD = 0.14).

The Fit-4-U Program at ECRC Physical Therapy can help you start a safe strength training program.