Age-related changes in concentric and eccentric isokinetic peak torque of the trunk muscles in healthy older versus younger men

Alexander David Francis Dallaway, John Hattersley, Jason Tallis, Derek Renshaw, Corbin Griffen, Michael Duncan

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    This study investigated age-related changes in trunk muscle function in healthy men and the moderating effect of physical activity. Twelve older (67.3 ± 6.0 years) and 12 younger (24.7 ± 3.1 years) men performed isokinetic trunk flexion and extension tests across a range of angular velocities (15°/s-180°/s) and contractile modes (concentric and eccentric). For concentric trunk extension, mixed-effects analysis of covariance revealed a significant interaction between Angular velocity × Age group (p = .026) controlling for physical activity. Follow-up univariate analysis of covariance revealed that the younger group produced significantly greater peak torque for all concentric extension conditions. Eccentric trunk strength was somewhat preserved in the older group. Age-related changes in trunk strength were independent of physical activity. The normal loss of trunk muscle strength in older age is muscle- and contractile-mode specific. These findings provide guidance for effective intervention strategies to offset adverse health outcomes related to trunk strength loss in older adults.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)941-951
    Number of pages11
    JournalJournal of Aging and Physical Activity
    Early online date30 Apr 2021
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2021

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    • muscle strength
    • ageing
    • sarcopenia
    • abdominal muscles
    • paravertebral muscles


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