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Resistance Training, Aging and Mild Cognitive Impairment

The process of aging is dynamic and progressive, and will result in the deterioration of different abilities, including multiple cognitive functions such as information-processing speed, reasoning and multiple memory formation.  Aging also has a negative association with the volume of different brain regions and structures, which are involved in cognition, and therefore a decline is

Resistance Training and the Older Population

Human muscle mass undergoes constant change and between the ages of 50-60 we see an annual muscle mass decrease of 1-2% and an annual strength loss of 1.5% (von Haehling, et al,. 2010) Further associated with this is Sarcopenia or age related muscle wasting/atrophy. It has been associated with reductions in muscular strength, power generating

Exercise and osteoporosis prevention

Osteoporosis is a common condition affecting over 1 million Australians; approximately 80% women and 60% men. The condition is characterised by low bone mass and progressive structural weakening leaving the bone porous.  It occurs when bones lose minerals faster than they can be replaced, leaving the bone structure brittle and at risk of fracture. Risk

Balance and Falls

With aging our balance slowly declines as we are less active and have health problems affecting our balance (i.e. Diabetes, dizziness and arthritis), all of which can increase our risk of falling. Every year, 1 in 4 people aged 60+ years will have a fall, this increases with age whereby 1 in 3 people aged

Why is exercise necessary as part of cancer treatment?

In 2018, the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA) issued formal guidelines strongly recommending exercise as part of all cancer treatment. Exercise as an adjunct to cancer treatment has been well-studied and associated with many benefits. Research has shown that exercise during cancer treatment can greatly improve quality of life, fitness, energy and strength, as

Pelvic floor dysfunction. How it can affect women and men, and what we can do about it?

Pelvic floor dysfunction is a common condition which presents in three main ways: Urinary incontinence or loss of bladder control, faecal incontinence or the loss of control of bowel motions and pelvic organ prolapse when there is a loss of stability of the pelvic organs. The most common symptom of pelvic floor dysfunction is urinary

When is pain acceptable during exercise?

There is a common belief that once a person sustains a simple soft tissue injury, the best course of action is to cease physical activity and rest until the injury becomes less painful. We now know that continuing physical activity during the recovery process can have positive long term benefits both physically and psychosocially. Did

Anterior crucitiate ligament ruptures – non-operative or surgical intervention?

Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) ruptures occurs most commonly in young and active individuals with women having almost 2 times greater risk of injury than men. They generally occur in sports that involves contact, explosive changes in direction and jumping. Following an ACL rupture, the objectives of management are to restore knee function, address psychological barriers

Exercising When Pregnant

Doing regular exercise has many health benefits during pregnancy and also helps to prepare the body for childbirth. It is also important to commence exercise as early as clinically possible (once cleared for safety) for optimum benefits.  Due to the changing body’s response to exercise, a supervised  program is best as it allows the Clinician

Migraine and Headache

Migraine and headache affect around 3 million and 7 million Australians respectively. A combined total of 10 million Australians suffer from some form of headache. Migraine and headache can present in a number of different ways and in varying intensities. Migraine headache is typically a debilitating type pain and is usually unilateral and accompanied by

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