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Effects of an Information and Communication Technology-Based Fitness Program on Strength and Balance in Female Home Care Service Users

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Department of Sport and Exercise Science, Paris Lodron University of Salzburg, 5400 Hallein-Rif, Austria
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Research Institute for Economics of Aging, Vienna University of Economics and Business, 1020 Vienna, Austria
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Institute of Computer Science, University of Applied Sciences Wiener Neustadt, 2700 Wiener Neustadt, Austria
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(15), 7955; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18157955
Received: 24 June 2021 / Revised: 21 July 2021 / Accepted: 23 July 2021 / Published: 28 July 2021
(This article belongs to the Section Exercise and Health)
There is evidence that training for strength and balance prevents decline in physical function in old age when the training is personally instructed. It is an open question whether interventions that deliver training via up-to-date technologies can achieve long-term effects. This study examined the effects of an 8-month fitness training program delivered via information and communication technology (ICT) on lower-body strength and balance in female home care users (n = 72) aged 75 years on average. For statistical analysis, the test group was divided into two subgroups, one who used the program at least 8 times per month (n = 26) and another one who used the program less often (n = 17) compared with a control group that received no exercise program (n = 29). It was found that regular ICT-exercisers exhibited positive effects over time on lower-body strength and balance compared to a decrease in both indicators in irregular exercisers and the control group. The authors see potential in offering exercise programs to people of advanced age via ICT to counteract physical decline in old age. View Full-Text
Keywords: exercise; function/mobility; assistive technology; assisted living exercise; function/mobility; assistive technology; assisted living
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Jungreitmayr, S.; Ring-Dimitriou, S.; Trukeschitz, B.; Eisenberg, S.; Schneider, C. Effects of an Information and Communication Technology-Based Fitness Program on Strength and Balance in Female Home Care Service Users. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 7955. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18157955

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Jungreitmayr S, Ring-Dimitriou S, Trukeschitz B, Eisenberg S, Schneider C. Effects of an Information and Communication Technology-Based Fitness Program on Strength and Balance in Female Home Care Service Users. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(15):7955. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18157955

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Jungreitmayr, Sonja, Susanne Ring-Dimitriou, Birgit Trukeschitz, Siegfried Eisenberg, and Cornelia Schneider. 2021. "Effects of an Information and Communication Technology-Based Fitness Program on Strength and Balance in Female Home Care Service Users" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 15: 7955. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18157955

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