The practice of sport in the 3rd age

Written by: Dr. Santiago Faus Riera
Edited by: Top Doctors®


Gymnastics for seniors should be done with the planning of an expert. What is the advice of physical or sporting activity in old age? Is there any previous test carried out?

In health promotion for older people physical activity is a cornerstone to improve the quality of physical, mental and social life. In our medical practice often we recommend a plan of action to carry out. This plan or protocol requires knowing their physical state by history, physical examination, blood tests, imaging and cardiology locomotor review.

At present, the Consultation Dr. Santiago Faus are able to provide advice or fully guaranteed by the patient establish a program of physical activity. All part of both the patient's own desire as medical advice to activate their abilities.


What advice would facilitate this type of patient you want to practice sport?

First, it is essential to know what is the mind and the physical condition of the patient by the review protocol. From this moment we are able to establish appropriate recommendations.

It often happens that after a certain age will be able to assess the practice of a physical activity or sport as complicated and complex. This is not so if we think that the most immediate activity such as walking is what we can provide more sustained profits over time.

Beyond walking (sporty ride, travel, hiking, trekking, hiking or trips) other modalities for sport or physical activity in this period of life as calisthenics, pilates, gentle yoga, there are many dances, among other practices. In the aquatic environment, either on the beach or pool, you can practice aerobics or swimming. In the case of sports practiced on snow have snowshoes, cross-country or downhill skiing and finally the bike ride for mountain or road crossings.

A key aspect to take place is socializing and sharing activity. This aspect includes a recreational project based on the improvement of physical condition.


What kind of 3rd age people should read this plan advice?

The action plan for the practice of sport is aimed at anyone who wants to improve your fitness, you want to socialize and share their physical activities who want to improve their self-esteem and reduce their level of dependence.


How injuries are expected in over 65 years?

It is very important to establish what kind of physical activity practice according to the type of patient. Thus we study the physical and mental state of the person using the clinical review. We will detect injuries base and advise through their knowledge how to conduct physical or sporting activity not aggravate them, correct them or minimize them.


*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dr. Santiago Faus Riera

The prestigious specialist in Rheumatology, Dr. Faus Riera, in 1979 graduated in Medicine and Surgery from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and is a Doctor in Medicine and Surgery in Cum Laude degree by the UAB since 1989. He started his professional activity in the Service of Emergency of Hospital del Mar, where he applied his knowledge for six years. Dr. Santiago Faus is a specialist in the diagnosis and treatment of pathologies of the locomotor system and in the counseling of physical activity and sports in adults and the elderly. Since 1988, he has been a Rheumatology Consultant at the Hospital de Barcelona and since 2008, he is Head of the Rheumatology Service of the General Hospital of Catalonia.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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