Research Study: Prime Time for Middle Aged and Older Adults. A 12 Week Online Multimodal Physical Activity and Health Intervention for Adults Aged 50-80 Years in Laois.
Seventy eight participants (50-80 years) living in Laois were recruited to take part in this 12 week intervention. Participants had a range of injuries, clinical conditions and physical abilities. It was originally planned as an onsite intervention, but was converted to an online intervention due to COVID. Pre and post test measurements consisted of anthrompometrics, body composition, sit-to-stand, 6 minute walk test, timed up and go, countermovement jump, squat jump, hand grip strength, abdominal muscle endurance, press up, balance, international physical activity questionniare (short form) and PROMIS 10 questionnaire. The intervention consisted of two * 60 minute group physical activity sessions per week delivered via zoom. All sessions incorporated aerobic, resistance, balance and flexibility exercises, A 15 minute health workshop was delivered once per week convering a range of topics related to training, health and the treatment and management of the clinical conditions that existed in the group. All sessions were monitored. Take home resources were provided each week including home based exercise videos, workshop notes, voice recordings of the health workshops, home based circuits etc. The results are currently being analysed and a research paper publication will follow early in 2021.
Research partners: DCU, Laois Sports Partnership.
Programme partners: Laois Sports Partnership, Sláintecare, Pobal, Government of Ireland.
Funding acknowledgement: This project received funding from the Government of Ireland Sláintecare Integration Fund under grant agreement number 21.
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