Age Dynamics of Muscle Strength in Modern Schoolchildren

About authors

1 Laboratory of Clinical Age Immunology and Allergology, Russian Gerontological Research Center,
Pirogov Russian National Research Medical University, Moscow, Russia

2 Research Institute for Arctic Medicine,
Northern State Medical University, Arkhangelsk, Russia

3 Research Institute of Hygiene and Health Protection of Children and Adolescents,
Scientific Center of Children’s Health of RAMS, Moscow, Russia

Correspondence should be addressed: Milushkina Olga Iurievna
ul. Ostrovityanova, d. 1, Moscow, Russia, 117997; ur.umsr@o_anikhsulim

Received: 2012-10-29 Accepted: 2012-12-19 Published online: 2017-01-05

The study of the functional capacities of today's schoolchildren' organisms in relation to the same parameters of the same age schoolchildren of the 60's and 80's of the twentieth century was carried out on the basis of the analysis of changes in hand muscles strength. The findings show that functional capacities of modern children, both boys and girls, are reduced. It is particularly important in the analysis of the long-term dynamics of the values of hand strength, which is one of the integral parameters of a child's body. The causes of the decline of carpal dynamometry are: low physical activity, migration. The results obtained can be used for the objective evaluation of functional capacities in modern schoolchildren aged 8–15 years.

Keywords: physical development of children and adolescents, longitudinal observations, dynamometry