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Resistance Training Guidelines for Active Females Throughout the Lifespan: Children, Adolescences, Adult Women, and the Aging Woman

  • Maria Fernandez-del-Valle
  • Tyrel S. McCravens
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Abstract

Due to recent changes in physical activity practices, strength training, or resistance training, has become an area of focus in the research of determining the overall health of an individual. As individuals age, disorders relating to both bone and muscle begin to cause a decline in health and functional activity. Bone disorders, such as osteoporosis and osteopenia, have been linked to muscle disorders like sarcopenia (a loss of skeletal muscle mass). While these disorders do affect males, females tend to show higher incidences of these diseases. Current research suggests that resistance training can help to delay the effects of these diseases. Resistance training implemented in the early stages of life, such as childhood and adolescence, has been shown to cause increases in both bone growth, specifically bone mass and bone mineral density, and skeletal muscle mass. Resistance training can help maintain current levels of fitness in adults and improve activities of daily living in the elderly. In order to receive maximum benefits from resistance training, guidelines spanning the entire lifespan needed to be developed. The resistance training guidelines cover everything from basic supervision needs to intensity, duration, and frequency of the program. The guidelines include specific directions to increase hypertrophy, power, strength, and endurance. So, resistance training, which was once thought to cause injury in some, is now seen as a way to increase health and even reduce the chance of injury when done properly.

Keywords

Resistance training Children Adolescences Hypertrophy Sarcopenia 

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  1. 1.Department of Health, Exercise, and Sport SciencesTexas Tech UniversityLubbockUSA
  2. 2.Department of Health, Exercise, and Sport SciencesTexas Tech UniversityLubbockUSA

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