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International Journal of Frontiers in Medicine, 2020, 2(2); doi: 10.25236/IJFM.2020.020203.

A Review of Research Progress on the Physical Rehabilitation of the Frail Elderly


Xueping Dong1,* and Xingtian Su2

Corresponding Author:
Xueping Dong

1 Department of Nursing, The First Hospital of Tianshui, Tianshui 741000, China
2 School of Sports and Health, Tianshui Normal University, Tianshui 741000, China
*Corresponding author e-mail:[email protected]


The physical health of the elderly is directly related to the quality of life of the individual and the subsequent family happiness. The elderly with a weak body is between the healthy state and the sub-health state in the definition of the health range. This study clarifies the research context and seeks solutions by referring to the current research on the physical rehabilitation of the frail elderly in the existing literature. The study found: The sports rehabilitation method suitable for the frail elderly is limited, and is limited to the physical functional fitness training. The comprehensive physical function training includes aerobic exercise and anaerobic exercise, and is suitable for the frail elderly with stable residences. The scope needs to be further expanded. In addition, the way to improve the balance ability of the elderly can be through long-term low-medium-intensity exercise training to prevent falls in the elderly, improve the physical function of the weak elderly, and effectively adjust the myoelectric potential. High-intensity exercise is at greater risk.


seniors, sports rehabilitation, physical fitness

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Xueping Dong and Xingtian Su. A Review of Research Progress on the Physical Rehabilitation of the Frail Elderly. International Journal of Frontiers in Medicine (2020), Vol. 2, Issue 2: 18-27. https://doi.org/10.25236/IJFM.2020.020203.


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