Benefits of Strength Training for Chronic Conditions in Older Adults

By Ty Sevin, Aug 30, 2021

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The following definitions will be useful in understanding the research studies dealing with chronic conditions.

Cachexia:
A state of ill health, malnutrition and wasting.

Cytokines:
Small protein hormones that stimulate or inhibit many normal cell functions such as cell growth and differentiation.

Dynamic Strength:
The amount of force that can be generated through motion (example: pressing a weight through the range of motion of the joint).

Isometric Strength:
The amount of force that can be generated against an immovable object (example: pressing against a wall).

Protein Metabolism:
The process by which proteins are broken down into amino acids which can be utilized by the body.

Left Ventricular Systolic Dysfunction:
Inefficiency in delivering blood from the left ventricle of the heart through the body: a type of chronic heart failure.

Postpolio Muscular Atrophy:
New muscular weakness and atrophy which develops in a patient 15 years or more after they experienced an initial attack by the polio virus.

Rheumatoid Arthritis:
A chronic inflammatory disorder resulting in joint deterioration.

Tumor Necrosis Factor:
A substance that stimulates the killing of microbes at the site of inflammation, also induces fever.

About the author

Ty Sevin

Director of Human Performance, Education and Research

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With over 25 years of coaching experience at both the collegiate and Olympic levels, Ty Sevin is one of the most influential track and field coaches in the country. Ty has worked for the United States Olympic Committee, serving as the Director of the Track and Field Residency Program at the USOC Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA. He has also served as an assistant coach for Team USA on three separate occasions, for both the men’s and women’s teams. Ty himself was a four-time U.S. Olympics Trials qualifier in javelin. Ty most recently spent four years as the Associate Head Coach at the University of Texas at Austin for both the men’s and women’s track and field teams. Prior to that, he led the men’s and women’s track and cross-country teams at the University of New Orleans and McNeese State.

Currently, Ty applies his vast industry experience to the role of Director of Human Performance, Research and Education for Keiser Corporation, where he consults with college and professional sports teams regarding the utilization of Keiser strength equipment. He is also responsible for creating educational curriculum relating to human performance and overseeing Keiser research projects