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Desmotec ECCENTRIC training is ideal for the elderly


Eccentric movements are crucial to our day-to-day function, they are controlled movements in which the active muscle is lengthened such as slowing or stopping when walking to cross the road or sitting down into a chair. Eccentric muscle power allows you to move with control and efficiency, improving function and reducing the risk of injury. The Elderly find these Motor Control Units do not activate properly and therefore sitting down in a controlled fashion becomes a problem as does falling down. Using eccentric movements in training helps to enhance muscle activation and maximise strength gains.

The Science Behind Eccentric Training

Understanding Eccentric Movements


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Eccentric movements occur when muscles elongate, such as when lowering a weight or descending stairs. These movements are integral to various daily activities, including sitting down, walking, and the activation required before  standing up from a seated position. For the elderly, maintaining control during these movements can become increasingly difficult, leading to a greater risk of falls and injuries.

Why Eccentric Training?

Traditional strength training typically emphasises concentric movements—where muscles shorten while producing force. However, research has shown that eccentric training can be more effective for building muscle mass and strength, particularly in older adults. This type of training not only enhances muscle activation but also improves coordination and balance, key factors in preventing falls.

Benefits of Eccentric Training for the Elderly

Enhanced Muscle Strength and Functionality

Eccentric training has been shown to significantly increase muscle strength in older adults which is crucial for maintaining independence. Stronger muscles improve the ability to perform everyday tasks, from climbing stairs to carrying groceries.

Improved Balance and Coordination

Falls are a leading cause of injury among the elderly. By enhancing balance and coordination, eccentric training reduces the risk of falls, promoting safer, more confident movement.

Reduced Risk of Injuries

Eccentric movements help strengthen tendons and ligaments, making them more resilient to strain and injury. This is particularly beneficial for the elderly, who are more prone to joint and muscle injuries.

Boosted Mental Well-being

Physical activity is closely linked to mental health. Regular exercise, such as that provided by eccentric training, can reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety, improve cognitive function, and enhance overall well-being.

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