Effects of a progressive walking program on the risk of developing locomotive syndrome in elderly Japanese people: a single-arm trial

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Author(s)

    • Ishijima Muneaki
    • Department of Medicine for Orthopaedics and Motor Organ, Juntendo University Graduate School of Medicine, Japan
    • Machida Shuichi
    • COI Project Center, Juntendo University, Japan|School of Health and Sports Science, Juntendo University: 1-1 Hirakagakuendai, Inzai, Chiba 270-1695, Japan|Graduate School of Health and Sports Science, Juntendo University, Japan|Institute of Health and Sports Science & Medicine, Juntendo University, Japan
    • Naito Hisashi
    • COI Project Center, Juntendo University, Japan|School of Health and Sports Science, Juntendo University: 1-1 Hirakagakuendai, Inzai, Chiba 270-1695, Japan|Graduate School of Health and Sports Science, Juntendo University, Japan|Institute of Health and Sports Science & Medicine, Juntendo University, Japan
    • Ozaki Hayao
    • School of Health and Sports Science, Juntendo University: 1-1 Hirakagakuendai, Inzai, Chiba 270-1695, Japan|Graduate School of Health and Sports Science, Juntendo University, Japan
    • Nakagata Takashi
    • School of Health and Sports Science, Juntendo University: 1-1 Hirakagakuendai, Inzai, Chiba 270-1695, Japan
    • Natsume Toshiharu
    • Institute of Health and Sports Science & Medicine, Juntendo University, Japan
    • Kitada Tomoharu
    • Graduate School of Health and Sports Science, Juntendo University, Japan
    • Deng Pengyu
    • Institute of Health and Sports Science & Medicine, Juntendo University, Japan

Abstract

<p>[Purpose] This study aimed to identify the efficacy of a progressive walking program on the risk of developing locomotive syndrome among untrained elderly Japanese people. [Participants and Methods] Twenty-four untrained elderly individuals (68 ± 4 years) completed a 17-week progressive walking program. The stand-up, two-step tests and the 25-question geriatric locomotive function scale were used to assess the risk of locomotive syndrome at baseline, the 8-week midpoint (2 months), and the 17-week endpoint (4 months). Maximal isometric muscle strength of the knee extensors and flexors were measured using a dynamometer with the hip joint angle at 90° of flexion and physical function (the 30-s sit-to-stand, sit-up, 10-meter walk, and grip strength) were evaluated. [Results] The 4-month walking program significantly improved the two-step test and geriatric locomotive function scale scores. This may be attributable to the improvement in knee flexor strength and physical function. [Conclusion] A 4-month program of progressive walking effectively lowered the risk of developing locomotive syndrome in elderly Japanese people by improving knee flexor muscle strength and physical function.</p>

Journal

  • Journal of Physical Therapy Science

    Journal of Physical Therapy Science 30(9), 1180-1186, 2018

    The Society of Physical Therapy Science

Codes

  • NII Article ID (NAID)
    130007481311
  • Text Lang
    ENG
  • ISSN
    0915-5287
  • Data Source
    J-STAGE 
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