Loss of mobility is important to everyone, particularly the elderly. The purpose of this retrospective, longitudinal study was to determine the long- term (5-year) effects of exercise on the shoulder and hip range of motion of a group of 12 women aged 50-71 years. Shoulder flexion, shoulder extension, shoulder transverse extension, hip flexion, and hip rotation were measured a minimum of five times throughout the 5-year period. A flexometer was used to measure range of motion. The results of the study indicated that range of motion increased significantly (p < 0.05) throughout the study in four of the five measurements. The fifth measurement (shoulder flexion) also improved but not significantly. These data indicate that aging women can improve and/or maintain shoulder and hip range of motion through participation in regular exercise done three times per week for 5 years.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1992|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation