Journal of Physical Therapy Science
Online ISSN : 2187-5626
Print ISSN : 0915-5287
ISSN-L : 0915-5287
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Effects of a progressive walking program on the risk of developing locomotive syndrome in elderly Japanese people: a single-arm trial
Toshinori YoshiharaHayao OzakiTakashi NakagataToshiharu NatsumeTomoharu KitadaYoshihiko IshiharaPengyu DengTakuya OsawaMasayoshi IshibashiMuneaki IshijimaHiroyuki KobayashiShuichi MachidaHisashi Naito
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2018 Volume 30 Issue 9 Pages 1180-1186

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[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.

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