Long-term effects of exercise on the range of motion of aging women

J. E. Misner, B. H. Massey, M. Bemben, S. Going, J. Patrick

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Loss of mobility is important to everyone, particularly the elderly. The purpose of this retrospective, longitudinal study was to determine the long- term (5-year) effects of exercise on the shoulder and hip range of motion of a group of 12 women aged 50-71 years. Shoulder flexion, shoulder extension, shoulder transverse extension, hip flexion, and hip rotation were measured a minimum of five times throughout the 5-year period. A flexometer was used to measure range of motion. The results of the study indicated that range of motion increased significantly (p < 0.05) throughout the study in four of the five measurements. The fifth measurement (shoulder flexion) also improved but not significantly. These data indicate that aging women can improve and/or maintain shoulder and hip range of motion through participation in regular exercise done three times per week for 5 years.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)37-42
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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