The elderly population is at an increase risk for falls. In fact, elderly falls are the main reason for hip and knee replacements. It is not only a source of injury, but can lead to disability as well.
A recent cross-sectional study was conducted investigating the role weak quadricep muscles have on increased falls. Results from a total of 1028 participants were analyzed. Participants of the study were 60 years of age or older.
The study found that a decrease in quadriceps strength resulted in an increase in falls, and that an increase in quadricep strength resulted in a decrease in falls.
Quadricep strengthening exercises should be a part of an overall workout routine for seniors to help prevent injury from falls.
The full study can be found here
To download the study click here: The role of quadriceps muscle strength in the development of falls in the elderly people, a cross-sectional study.