Journal of Sports Science and Medicine
Journal of Sports Science and Medicine
ISSN: 1303 - 2968   
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©Journal of Sports Science and Medicine (2006) 05, 208 - 214

Research article
Effects of Aging on Perceived Exertion and Pain During Arm Cranking in Women 70 to 80 YEARS OLD
Alain Groslambert1,2, , Céline C. Grange1,2, Stéphane Perrey3, Jérôme Maire1, Nicolas Tordi1, Jean Denis Rouillon1
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1 Laboratory of Sport Sciences, UFRSTAPS, Place Saint Jacques, 25030 Besançon Cedex, France
2 Laboratory of Applied Mecanic, 24 chemin de l’épitaphe, 25000 Besançon, France
3 Laboratory of Motor Efficience and Deficience, 700 Av du Pic saint Loup, Montpellier 34090, France

Alain Groslambert
✉ Laboratoire des sciences du sport, Place St Jacques, 25 030 Besançon Cedex, France
Publish Date
Received: 02-12-2005
Accepted: 08-03-2006
Published (online): 01-06-2006
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The aim of this study was to examine the effects of aging on perceived exertion (PE) and perceived arm pain (PaP) at the end of a maximal graded arm test in 70- to 80-year -old women. Twelve healthy young (mean age 22.9 ± 3.3 years), and 12 healthy elderly (mean age 74.6 ± 3.7 years) women performed a maximal graded test (GXT) on an arm crank ergometer until exhaustion. The results revealed no significant difference between both groups concerning PE (p > 0.05; Effect Size = 0.62) and when heart rate (HR) was expressed as a theoretical maximal heart rate (THRmax) (p > 0.05; Effect Size = 0.17). Nevertheless, PaP was significantly lower (p < 0.05; Effect Size = 2.95) in the elderly compared to the young group. In conclusion, these results suggest that, at the end of GXT, PE is not influenced, whereas PaP may be altered by aging of the women tested in the present study. Therefore, it appears difficult to use PaP in these elderly women to regulate exercise intensity during a training program.

Key words: CR 10, elderly, pain, exercise

           Key Points
  • At the end of a maximal graded arm test, perceived exertion is not influenced, whereas perceived arm pain may be altered by aging.
  • It appears difficult to use perceived arm pain in elderly women to regulate exercise intensity during a training program.
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