12 week home-based falls-risk reduction exercises forgotten after another 12 weeks

Source: Archives of Physical medicine and Rehabilitation, 2012, 93 (10) p. 1685-1691

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Date of publication: October 2012

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Older people who were recently discharged from hospital were given a 12 week programme of exercise at home to reduce their risk of falls. They were then tested another 12 weeks after the exercise programme ended to see how much of the information was retained. Immediately after the training, the people were found to have made improvements to their sensorimotor function and balance, but after the second 12 weeks, detraining was shown to have happened, showing close to baseline scores. This suggests that sustained adherence to fall prevention exercise programmes is required to reduce fall risk.

Length of publication: 6 pages

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