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PRACTICAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING OF OLDER PRE-FRAIL FEMALES

N.W. Bray, G.J. Jones, K.L. Rush, C.A. Jones, J.M. Jakobi

Approaches to and benefits from resistance training for non-compromised older adults are well known. Less is understood about resistance training with pre-frail older adults, and even less information is available on the practical approaches to delivery. Herein, we describe an approach in pre-frail females who undertook a multi-component exercise intervention, inclusive of high-intensity, free-weight, functional resistance training. Capitalizing on the principle of overload is possible and safe for pre-frail females through constant reassurance of ability and adjustments in technique. Making exercise functionally relevant, for example, a squat is the ability to get on and off a toilet, resonates meaning. Older pre-frail females are affected by outside (clinical) influences. The exercise participant, and extraneous persons need to be educated on exercise approaches, to increase awareness, debunk myths, and enhance support for participation. Identification of individuality in a group session offers ability to navigate barriers for successful implementation.

CITATION:
N.W. Bray ; G.J. Jones ; K.L. Rush ; C.A. Jones ; J.M. Jakobi (2020): Practical Implications for Strength and Conditioning of Older Pre-Frail Females. The Journal of Frailty and Aging (JFA). http://dx.doi.org/10.14283/jfa.2020.15

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