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The association between muscle mass quantity and its quality in physically active older women

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Javad SarvestanORCiD


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In this study, the authors aim to determine whether lower limb strength is related to lower limb lean mass and whether this relationship is affected by lower limb functionality in physically active older women. Twenty-six women underwent measures of knee muscles strength and lean mass of lower limbs. Bilateral strength of the knee flexors and extensors was measured by an isokinetic dynamometer. The concentric peak torque was measured at an angular velocity of 60°/s. Lean mass of the lower limbs was measured by bio-impedance analysis. Pearson’s correlation analysis revealed significant association between the strength of the knee flexors and lean mass on non-dominant limb only (r = .427, p = .03). Researchers revealed that strategies aiming to prevent lean mass and muscle strength losses should be specifically targeted to individual muscles or muscle groups, even in physically active older women. To improve overall mobility, the strengthening of larger muscle such as hamstring is crucial.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Kovacikova Z, Sarvestan J, Bukova A, Cimbolakova I

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Health Care for Women International

Year: 2023

Issue: ePub ahead of Print

Pages: 1-12

Online publication date: 28/03/2023

Acceptance date: 13/03/2023

ISSN (print): 0739-9332

ISSN (electronic): 1096-4665

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc.


DOI: 10.1080/07399332.2023.2191964


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