AGE-RELATED CHANGES OF GRIP FORCE CONTROL IN PHYSICALLY ACTIVE ADULTS1

Renato Claudino, Giovana Z. Mazo, Marcio J. Santos
  • Perceptual and Motor Skills, July 2013, SAGE Publications
  • DOI: 10.2466/10.06.pms.116.3

AGE-RELATED CHANGES OF GRIP FORCE CONTROL IN PHYSICALLY ACTIVE ADULTS1

What is it about?

The age-related changes for controlling grip force in adults who practice regular and supervised physical activity have not been investigated

Why is it important?

It has been shown that older adults who are more physically active have better balance, reaction time, and dexterity in relation to less active older people (Voorrips, Lemmink, van Heuvelen, Bult, & van Staveren,1993). Moreover, older people who practice regular Tai Chi Chuan and swimming showed better performance than sedentary participants in tasks that required both manual and visual coordination (Wong, Chou, Huang, Lan, Chen, Hong, et al., 2010). Therefore, it is possible that middleaged and older adults who are physically active have better control of grip force during tasks that involve object manipulation.

Perspectives

Renato Claudino

These results may prompt new studies to investigate the eff ect of physical exercises on the control of grip force in older adults.

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