Exercise: strength training (FS-12)

Strength training in physical therapy

Arto Hautala (Finland), Mark Richards (United States of America), Andrew Hills (Australia), Mikko Tulppo (Finland), Tetsuya Takahashi (Japan)

Focused symposium

Monday 4 May 2015, 08:30-10:00, Hall 404

Strength training in physical therapy

Hautala A. 1, Richards M. 2, Hills A. 3, Tulppo M. 1,, Takahashi, T 4

1Verve Research, Department of Exercise and Medical Physiology, Oulu, Finland, 2Accelerated Care Plus, Reno, Nevada, United States of America, 3Mater Research Institute, Centre for Nutrition and Exercise, Brisbane, Australia, 4Tokyo University of Technology, School of Health Science, Department of Physical Therapy, Tokyo, Japan

Learning objectives

  1. To provide an overview of the importance and effect of the research-based strength exercise protocols in aging adults.
  2. To introduce the benefits of an active lifestyle for health with a particular focus on strength training in obesity, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes and coronary artery disease.
  3. To discuss current research related to strength training and to provide opportunities for physiotherapists, physicians and nurses to expand collaborative networks both regionally and internationally.

Description

Muscular weakness is pervasive in aging adults and is effectively treated with optimal strength exercise protocols. Those with type 2 diabetes and coronary artery disease demonstrate even greater losses of muscular strength. The research shows that meaningful strength exercise is safe and plays an important role in both prevention and disease management. The symposium will focus on different perspectives and key issues on advanced or emerging scope of practice in strength training. An overview of the key research-based strength exercise protocols in aging adults will be provided. The benefits of an active lifestyle for health with a particular focus on strength training for obesity, metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes will be discussed. Recent results concerning strength training in coronary artery disease patients including e.g. safety issues during training will be introduced.

Implications / Conclusions

Applications of the proper strength exercise parameters help therapists enhance their treatment outcomes. The benefits of an active lifestyle for health with a particular focus on strength training for obesity, related metabolic conditions and coronary artery disease will be addressed.

Keywords

Aging; Metabolic disorders; Coronary artery disease

Funding acknowledgements

The authors of this application appreciate the promise of financial support for travelling and other costs from Ab HUR Oy (Kokkola, Finland) in the case of accepted proposal.

Relevance to WCPT and expected audience

Strength training enhances muscular strength and endurance, functional capacity, independence and quality of life while reducing disability in aging adults and in adults with obesity and related conditions, and coronary artery disease as well. This symposium will provide to the audience the latest update of strength training including physiological and practical points of view with recommendations to facilitate the use of this valuable modality.

Target audience

The target audience of proposed symposium will be physiotherapists, physicians and nurses who are promoting physically active lifestyle in their daily practice.