Effects of eccentric plantarflexor and dorsiflexor training on neuromuscular characteristics associated with fall risk in older people

Project Details


The aim of this project was to determine the influence of a six-week eccentric-based training programme on neuromuscular fall risk characteristics (muscle strength, mass, mobility, postural stability [static balance], and gait speed) in older adults.

Layman's description

The aim was to determine whether six-weeks of eccentric (lengthening) contractions could improve fall risk characteristics (muscle strength and size, balance, walking speed) in older adults.

Key findings

Substantial improvements in muscle strength, size, balance, mobility and gait speed occurred after six-weeks of eccentric training of the ankle musculature indicating this could be an important exercise and muscle group to improve function and reduce falls in older adults.
Effective start/end date2/06/195/08/19


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