Date of Award


Document Type

Campus Access Thesis


Exercise Science

First Advisor

Harriet G Williams


Knee osteoarthritis is a leading cause of disability among adults, especially among older adults. Exercise has been shown to reduce pain and improve the quality of life for individuals with knee OA. This review examines how aerobic exercise and resistance training affect physical function in older adults with knee OA. The findings from this review indicate aerobic and resistance training interventions result in improved physical function as assessed by both objective and subjective measures. Neither approach appears to be more beneficial than the other. Individuals who were the most compliant with exercise routines had the greatest benefit. Benefits were maintained with continued exercise.


© 2011, Daniel H. Blackmon