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Functional vs. strength training in adults: specific needs define the best intervention.

Authors:  Pacheco MM, Teixeira LAC, Franchini E, Takito MY

In the past, studies that have aimed to compare different strategies to improve functional capacity have produced controversial results.  Furthermore, such studies have focused solely on dependent individuals.  In contrast, the present study aimed to compare traditional training to functional training for independent individuals.  The purpose was to compare traditional training to functional training in healthy and independent middle-aged adults and elderly subjects.  When the entire sample was considered, no differences in improvement existed between the two training protocols.  However, when the specific groups were analyzed, functional training was less effective for women compared to men and compared to women in the conventional group.  Therefore, some individuals may require additional basic training before practicing more specific training protocols.

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