Is power training better than strength training to increase lower limb power in older people?

The Introduction

powerWeight training is strongly recommended for all people over the age of 50 with the need increasing the older a person becomes and the more competitive they want to remain in sport. However, it is unclear whether strength training (ST) or power training (PT) (doing the strength training at ‘speed’) is the more effective intervention at improving muscle strength and power and physical function in older adults. The authors of this research compared the effects of lower body PT with those of ST on muscle strength and power in a group of healthy older people. The results have strong implications for masters athletes who weight train.

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