Influence of aging on bimanual coordination control

Chueh Ho Lin, Li Wei Chou, Shun Hwa Wei, Fu Kong Lieu, Shang Lin Chiang, Wen Hsu Sung

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Abstract

Degeneration in the neuromuscular system due to aging can affect daily activities that need to be controlled by bimanual coordination with both hands. However, little is known about the influence of aging on grip strength and bimanual coordination control between hands. The purpose of this study was to investigate the influence of aging on the maximum grip force output and capacity of coordination control of two hands. Ten healthy elderly and 21 young adults were recruited and asked to execute maximum grip force tests and bimanual coordination control tasks with reciprocal grasping, holding, and releasing of a dynamometer with both hands at three target force levels (10, 20 and 40% maximal voluntary contraction, MVC). Compared with the young group, the maximum grip force of the hands of the elderly group was significantly lower by 77.5% (p.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)40-47
Number of pages8
JournalExperimental Gerontology
Volume53
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Aging
  • Bimanual performance
  • Coordination control
  • Grasp control
  • Handgrip strength
  • Interhemispheric interactions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ageing
  • Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology
  • Endocrinology
  • Genetics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Medicine(all)

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    Lin, C. H., Chou, L. W., Wei, S. H., Lieu, F. K., Chiang, S. L., & Sung, W. H. (2014). Influence of aging on bimanual coordination control. Experimental Gerontology, 53, 40-47. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.exger.2014.02.005