The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

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

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    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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