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Muscle strength 'associated with difficulty performing daily tasks'

Muscle strength 'associated with difficulty performing daily tasks'
2nd February 2010

Older people may be in more need of assisted living if they suffer from decreased muscle strength, according to new research.

Stooping, crouching and kneeling were all found to be impaired by reduce muscle strength in a study by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) showed.

The new findings complement previous research which indicated that older people struggle with lower-body functions, such as lifting and standing, when their muscles are impaired.

Commenting on the findings, APTA member and physical therapist researcher Allon Goldberg said: "As with standing up from a chair, stooping, crouching, and kneeling movements require coordination of the whole-body center of mass over a wide range of postures in order to prevent a loss of balance or fall."

Muscle weakness is a common side effect of long stays in intensive care units, such as following treatment for stroke and heart attacks, according to research carried out at John Hopkins Medical Institutions.

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