The Effects of Performance Fatigability on Postural Control and Rehabilitation in the Older Patient

Evan V. Papa, Mahdi Hassan, Nicoleta Bugnariu

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Fatigue is common in older adults and has a significant effect on quality of life. Despite the high prevalence of fatigue in older individuals, several aspects are poorly understood. It is important to differentiate subjective fatigue complaints from fatigability of motor performance because the two are independent constructs with potentially distinct consequences on mobility. Performance fatigability is the magnitude of change in a performance criterion over a given time of task performance. Performance fatigability is a compulsory element of any strength training program, yet strength training is an important component of rehabilitation programs for older adults. The consequences of fatigability for older adults suggest that acute exercise of various types may result in acute impairments in postural control. The effects of performance fatigability on postural control in older adults are evaluated here to aid the rehabilitation clinician in making recommendations for evaluation of fall risks and exercise prescription.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)172-178
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent Geriatrics Reports
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2016


  • Exercise
  • Falls
  • Fatigability
  • Fatigue
  • Geriatrics
  • Older adults
  • Performance fatigability
  • Postural control
  • Postural stability
  • Posture
  • Rehabilitation
  • Seniors


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