Resistance-training for Special Olympics athletes

 There were significant gains in strength, according to researchers at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

First, the details.

  • 30 Special Olympics athletes (age 16-22 years) were studied.
  • Exercise included supervised resistance training, twice per week for 3 months.
    • Chest press
    • Abdominal crunch
    • Seated row
    • Overhead press
    • Seated dip
    • Lower back extension
    • Biceps curl
  • The weight lifted and number of repetitions performed were used to determine predicted “1-repetition max” (1RM) — the maximum amount of weight one can lift in a single repetition.

And, the results.

  • All participants as a group increased significantly in predicted 1RM for each exercise performed.
  • Males were stronger than females for 5 of the 7 exercises.

The bottom line?
Not surprisingly, “significant strength gains can be accomplished by adolescents with intellectual disabilities via a supervised resistance-training program.”

2/16/09 20:11 JR

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John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.