Exercise training programs and detraining in older women


  • Rafael Oliveira Polytechnic Institute of Santarém, Portugal
  • Carlos Santa-Marinha Municipality of Esposende, municipal enterprise “Esposende 2000”, Portugal
  • Rafael Leão Polytechnic Institute of Santarém, Portugal
  • Diogo Monteiro Polytechnic Institute of Santarém, Portugal
  • Teresa Bento Polytechnic Institute of Santarém CIDESD - Research Centre in Sport Health and Human Development, Portugal
  • Rita Santos Rocha Polytechnic Institute of Santarém ICSHP – Interdisciplinary Centre for the Study of Human Performance, Faculty of Human Kinetics, University of Lisbon, Portugal
  • João Paulo Brito Polytechnic Institute of Santarém, Portugal




Functional tests, Hemodynamic profile, Anthropometric profile


The aim of the study was to evaluate the effects of exercise training programs and detraining. Fifty one aged women participated in two supervised exercise programs: a group of land-based exercise and a group of land-based exercise plus aquatic exercise, both being evaluated at the baseline after nine months of intervention and three months of detraining. After intervention, both groups had decreased blood pressure and improved resistance of the lower and upper limbs. After a detraining period, both groups showed significant increase in blood pressure while resistance of lower and upper limbs, agility and aerobic capacity had a significant decrease.


Parque de Ciência e Tecnologia do Alentejo (Science and Technology Park of Alentejo) – (Laboratory of Research in Sport and Health) (Alen-07-0262-FEDER-001883) funded by QREN-INALENTEJO


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Oliveira, R., Santa-Marinha, C., Leão, R., Monteiro, D., Bento, T., Santos Rocha, R., & Brito, J. P. (2017). Exercise training programs and detraining in older women. Journal of Human Sport and Exercise, 12(1), 142–155. https://doi.org/10.14198/jhse.2017.121.12



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