As we age, one of the leading causes of falls is the exponential loss of power. The fact is, declines in power occur far more quickly than declines in strength. Power declines not only increase the risk of falls, but they decrease a person’s independence. While the topic of power training has been addressed in literature for decades, the latest research gives new insights into its practical applications in clinical settings, such as therapy practices and fitness centers. Recent research provides simple testing procedures for assessing upper and lower body power and helps us understand how to target specific needs. This lecture will explain how to apply these new tests, training techniques and technologies for successful power training in your facility.
- Develop an understanding of the relationship among force, velocity and power to recognize the importance of power in improving performance of activities of daily living and reducing falling incidence.
- Learn what optimal loading to maximize power is, how it can be assessed and its importance to power training to understand the impact of joint biomechanics on power production and designing power training programs.
- Learn the newest methods for maximizing power gains anywhere in the load-velocity spectrum to examine the strengths and weaknesses of difference resistance training equipment types in maximizing power gains.
Dr. Joseph Signorile, Professor at the University of Miami, Kinesiology and Center on Aging
Dr. Signorile has been involved in research using exercise to address independence, fall prevention and persons with Parkinson’s disease for over 25 years. He has been a pioneer in applying high-speed resistance training as a tailored exercise intervention to improve function and reduce falls in older persons and continues to work on new technologies for improving independence.
This webinar is sponsored by HUR USA.