Sensorimotor peripheral nerve function and physical activity in older men

Brittney S. Lange-Maia, Jane A. Cauley, Anne B. Newman, Robert M. Boudreau, John M. Jakicic, Nancy W. Glynn, Sasa Zivkovic, Thuy Tien L Dam, Paolo Caserotti, Peggy M. Cawthon, Eric Orwoll, Elsa S. Strotmeyer

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We determined whether sensorimotor peripheral nerve (PN) function was associated with physical activity (PA) in older men. The Osteoporotic Fractures in Men Study Pittsburgh, PA, site (n = 328, age 78.8 ± 4.7 years) conducted PN testing, including: peroneal motor and sural sensory nerve conduction (latencies, amplitudes: CMAP and SNAP for motor and sensory amplitude, respectively), 1.4g/10g monoflament (dorsum of the great toe), and neuropathy symptoms. ANOVA and multivariate linear regression modeled PN associations with PA (Physical Activity Scale for the Elderly [PASE] and SenseWear Armband). After multivariable adjustment, better motor latency was associated with higher PASE scores (160.5 ± 4.8 vs. 135.6 ± 6.7, p <.01). Those without versus with neuropathy symptoms had higher PASE scores (157.6 ± 5.3 vs. 132.9 ± 7.1, p <.01). Better versus worse SNAP was associated with slightly more daily vigorous activity (9.5 ± 0.8 vs. 7.3 ± 0.7, p =.05). Other PN measures were not associated with PA. Certain PN measures were associated with lower PA, suggesting a potential pathway for disability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)559-566
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Aging and Physical Activity
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 2016



  • Aging
  • Motor peripheral nerve
  • Sensory peripheral nerve

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation
  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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Lange-Maia, B. S., Cauley, J. A., Newman, A. B., Boudreau, R. M., Jakicic, J. M., Glynn, N. W., Zivkovic, S., Dam, T. T. L., Caserotti, P., Cawthon, P. M., Orwoll, E., & Strotmeyer, E. S. (2016). Sensorimotor peripheral nerve function and physical activity in older men. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 24(4), 559-566.