Singapore, 30 September 2021 – A research publication titled: Introducing progressive strength training program in Singapore’s elder care settings, jointly authored by Frank Borg, Magnus Björkgren, Ken Tan, Gerd Laxåback, Lisette Nygård, was accepted and published in Frontiers in Medicine Journal (Section: Geriatric Medicine). This paper documents the journey, progress and findings of Gym Tonic program in Singapore for the initial years since its inception in 2015.
The Gym Tonic project offers important insights and directions on how to implement progressive strength training on a large scale across different eldercare settings. The following conclusions can be drawn from the study:
• The approach yielded consistent improvement rates in muscle strength comparable to results from randomized clinical trials (meta-analysis studies) showing that effective outcomes can be achieved in real life environments.
• Significant improvement rates in muscle strength were found in all three types of sites demonstrating the vast potential of strength training to promote resilient aging.
• The data supported a 3-month training intervention as an effective way of introducing strength training, this could be useful for policy makers looking for practical solutions in the war against frailty.
• Frontline staff were successfully trained in the use of the technology for gym training and assessments, suggesting that technology solutions can be applied in real life practice for strength training.
• Practice patterns could be detected using the data-driven approach highlighting the need and capabilities of information and assessment systems for decision making and continuous quality improvement.
To read out more, please Frontiers in Medicine or click the “Download PDF” button below to download the full paper.
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