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Topic- Functional training

 

Translational training: turning fitness gains into functional fitness by Joseph F. Signorile, Ph.D.-321

Translational training: turning fitness gains into functional fitness by Joseph F. Signorile, Ph.D.

The active aging field emphasizes resistance training as an intervention to prevent falls, increase independence and improve mobility in older adults. A majority of studies examining resistance training supports its ability to increase strength, power and endurance in this population, but its impact on activities of daily living (ADL) performance, gait and fall prevention is not as convincing.

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What is functional movement? By Michael E. Rogers, Ph.D. and Phillip Page, M.S., P.T.-306

What is functional movement? By Michael E. Rogers, Ph.D. and Phillip Page, M.S., P.T.

The buzzword "functional" has been loosely used in exercise training programs to describe exercises that are relevant to specific functional activities that we perform on a daily basis (known as "activities of daily living" or ADLs).These ADLs may be "basic ADLs" such as eating, grooming and bathing or "instrumental ADLs" such as mobility, gait and transfers. Higher levels of functional activity include specific tasks that are required for work or participation in recreational activities, such as swinging a tennis racquet.

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Promote function with stability ball training by Terry Eckmann, Ph.D.-286

Promote function with stability ball training by Terry Eckmann, Ph.D.

The benefits of stability ball training for older adults are numerous. Activity using stability balls can:

- Enhance proprioception
- Improve neuromuscular functioning
- Improve balance and coordination
- Increase strength
- Heighten postural awareness
- Focus on functional movement
- Develop flexibility
- Promote muscle balance
- Add fun and variety
- Provide new business

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Functional flexibility activities for older adults by Phil Page, P.T., M.S., .T.C., C.S.C.S.-277

Functional flexibility activities for older adults by Phil Page, P.T., M.S., .T.C., C.S.C.S.

For aging adults going from inactivity to activity, flexibility training may offer a good start towards a healthy lifestyle. This type of training may lack the high profile of cardiovascular exercise and strength training, but it can improve range of motion, decrease pain and soreness after exercise, improve posture, and decrease muscle tension. More importantly, stretching can make the difference in comfort when a client puts on a shirt in the morning or reaches for a cup of tea. s a result, flexibility can contribute significantly to overall functional fitness, helping older adults safely and effectively accomplish independent activities of daily living.

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Hand exercises to improve functional abilities by Naomi Aaronson, M.A., OTRlL, CHT-273

Hand exercises to improve functional abilities by Naomi Aaronson, M.A., OTRlL, CHT

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Ask clients to sit down to do hand and wrist exercises, as these movements require a supportive surface for the forearm.
Watch for correct posture

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Hand wellness for older adults  by Naomi Aaronson, M.A., OTRlL, CHT-271

Hand wellness for older adults by Naomi Aaronson, M.A., OTRlL, CHT

Our primary tool for manipulating the environment is our hands.

We use our hands to brush our teeth, apply makeup, write a letter, perform work duties, and many other tasks. Yet we do not always appreciate the importance of our hands until we are injured.

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