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Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
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    This blog is intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

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    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    Resistance-training for Special Olympics athletes

     There were significant gains in strength, according to researchers at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

    First, the details.

    • 30 Special Olympics athletes (age 16-22 years) were studied.
    • Exercise included supervised resistance training, twice per week for 3 months.
      • Chest press
      • Abdominal crunch
      • Seated row
      • Overhead press
      • Seated dip
      • Lower back extension
      • Biceps curl
    • The weight lifted and number of repetitions performed were used to determine predicted “1-repetition max” (1RM) — the maximum amount of weight one can lift in a single repetition.

    And, the results.

    • All participants as a group increased significantly in predicted 1RM for each exercise performed.
    • Males were stronger than females for 5 of the 7 exercises.

    The bottom line?
    Not surprisingly, “significant strength gains can be accomplished by adolescents with intellectual disabilities via a supervised resistance-training program.”

    2/16/09 20:11 JR

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