Knowledge Translation

Summarized versions of published research on a variety of topics of interest to qualified exercise professionals and exercise physiologists.

Grooved Pegboard test as an assessment tool for motor impairment in Parkinson’s patients

2023-06-22T08:45:19-04:00

June, 2023 Parisa Alaei, MSc. Healthy Exercise and Aging Lab, School of Health and Exercise Sciences, University of British Columbia Okanagan, Kelowna, BC, Canada Take home message The Grooved Pegboard Test (GPT) is an effective tool for the assessment of fine motor skills in people with Parkinson’s disease (PD). GPT scores [...]

Grooved Pegboard test as an assessment tool for motor impairment in Parkinson’s patients2023-06-22T08:45:19-04:00

A park-based walking program improves walking capacity in older adults: The Getting Older Adults Outdoors (GO-OUT) study

2023-02-22T10:45:23-05:00

February, 2023 Salbach NM, Barclay R, Webber SC, Jones CA, Mayo N, Lix LM, Ripat J, Grant T, van Ineveld C, Chilibeck PD. University of British Columbia Okanagan Take home message A 1-day educational workshop followed by a 10-week (2 1-hour sessions/week) park-based outdoor walking program (GO-OUT), is superior to the [...]

A park-based walking program improves walking capacity in older adults: The Getting Older Adults Outdoors (GO-OUT) study2023-02-22T10:45:23-05:00

Short exposure to intermittent hypoxia increases erythropoietin levels in healthy individuals

2022-11-03T09:08:11-04:00

November, 2022 Conan Shing CPLEAP, University of British Columbia Okanagan Take home message Acute exposure to intermittent bouts of low oxygen (hypoxia) can elicit erythropoietin (EPO) production, which has potential to increase red blood cell production and possibly oxygen carrying capacity. Eight 4-minute cycles of intermittent hypoxia appear to be sufficient [...]

Short exposure to intermittent hypoxia increases erythropoietin levels in healthy individuals2022-11-03T09:08:11-04:00

Cold or hot water immersion as a post-exercise recovery aid following resistance, endurance, and sprint exercise

2022-08-17T13:02:13-04:00

August, 2022 Andrews, Nathaniel. J, MSc Candidate Muscle Health Research Centre, School of Kinesiology and Health Science, Faculty of Health, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Take home message Acute cold-water immersion (CWI) appears to enhance recovery of neuromuscular function or increase endurance when the next resistance or endurance exercise session is performed <1 [...]

Cold or hot water immersion as a post-exercise recovery aid following resistance, endurance, and sprint exercise2022-08-17T13:02:13-04:00

The Power of Balance: Muscle Power is Important for the Neural Control of Standing in Older Adult Females

2022-07-14T16:05:55-04:00

July, 2022 Phuong “Lisa” Ha, MSc, & Mathew Debenham, MSc The University of British Columbia | Okanagan Campus | School of Health and Exercise Science | Sensorimotor Physiology and Integrative Neuromechanics Lab Take home message Older females are weaker and less powerful than younger females but have larger corrective balance responses [...]

The Power of Balance: Muscle Power is Important for the Neural Control of Standing in Older Adult Females2022-07-14T16:05:55-04:00

Exercise to promote upper extremity function for individuals with a cervical spinal cord injury

2022-06-13T13:17:41-04:00

June, 2022 Keegan Kjargaard, BSc Kin Student, Abby Krzyzaniak, BKin Student, Nicolas Lavoie, BSc Kin Student, Miranda Maldaner, BKin Student, and Emily Massing, BKin Student Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta Take home message Conventional therapy, which includes physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and/or task specific training, is [...]

Exercise to promote upper extremity function for individuals with a cervical spinal cord injury2022-06-13T13:17:41-04:00

Endurance Exercise Attenuates Motor Function Symptoms for Individuals with Parkinson’s Disease

2022-06-13T13:09:10-04:00

May, 2022 Anthony Plettl, BSc Kin Student, Devon Portz, BSc Kin Student, Christian Ramos, BSc Kin Student, Brandon Reyes, BKin Student, and Caroline van Egteren, BKin Student Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta Take home message Using endurance exercise guidelines as a minimal dose can lead [...]

Endurance Exercise Attenuates Motor Function Symptoms for Individuals with Parkinson’s Disease2022-06-13T13:09:10-04:00

The Relationship between Cardiorespiratory Fitness, Blood Pressure and Metabolic Health in Children

2022-06-13T13:01:40-04:00

March, 2022 Lyndon Rebello, Trinity Western University Take home message In children with excess fat, higher cardiorespiratory fitness is associated with a decreased probability of high blood pressure. Greater cardiorespiratory fitness is also associated with lower insulin resistance and improved liver function. Improvement in cardiorespiratory fitness should be considered as a [...]

The Relationship between Cardiorespiratory Fitness, Blood Pressure and Metabolic Health in Children2022-06-13T13:01:40-04:00

Exercise as a Treatment for Depression in Individuals with Multiple Sclerosis?: The Results Remain Inconclusive

2022-06-13T12:54:23-04:00

April, 2022 Erin Bahry, BKin Student, Rakhbeer Boparai, BSc Kin Student, Taylor Dechaine, BKin Student, Madi Gillespie, BKin Student, and Ariana Purificati-Fune, BSc Kin Student Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta   Take home message • The research findings are inconclusive as to whether exercise results in [...]

Exercise as a Treatment for Depression in Individuals with Multiple Sclerosis?: The Results Remain Inconclusive2022-06-13T12:54:23-04:00

Exercise for people living with advanced cancer: Recommendations from an international panel of healthcare and exercise professionals

2022-01-17T13:51:16-05:00

January17, 2021 Kendra Zadravec, MSc, PhD candidate / MPT student Rehabilitation Sciences Graduate Program, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Department of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada. The KT committee is introducing a new format for Knowledge Translation articles with an emphasis [...]

Exercise for people living with advanced cancer: Recommendations from an international panel of healthcare and exercise professionals2022-01-17T13:51:16-05:00

The need for speed: Quadriceps muscle fatigue is linked to walking and balance ability in older adults

2021-11-15T12:21:58-05:00

November 15, 2021 Phuong “Lisa” Ha, Ph.D. Student The University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus, SPIN Lab The KT committee is introducing a new format for Knowledge Translation articles with an emphasis on how current research may impact practitioners. This month's article is written by Phuong "Lisa" Ha. [...]

The need for speed: Quadriceps muscle fatigue is linked to walking and balance ability in older adults2021-11-15T12:21:58-05:00

Fighting declining brain function through exercise

2021-09-13T10:06:28-04:00

Exercise may be an effective intervention for improving brain function in older adults September 13, 2021 Author: Nick Bray Ph.D., CSEP-CEP Department of Kinesiology, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada Background Many studies provide evidence of exercise improving cognitive outcomes; however, the physiological mechanisms that lead to such changes remain undetermined. [...]

Fighting declining brain function through exercise2021-09-13T10:06:28-04:00

Tinkering After Tokyo 2020: Heat acclimation can improve performance in the sweltering Summer Games, but does it take women longer to adapt to the heat compared to men?

2021-08-11T12:04:18-04:00

Although the benefits of heat acclimation are the same for males and females, males may achieve these adaptations at a faster rate than females. August 11, 2021 Author: Kate Wickham Ph.D. Candidate, Environmental Ergonomics Lab, Brock University Background The 2020 Olympic Games were the hottest in Olympic history. The weather [...]

Tinkering After Tokyo 2020: Heat acclimation can improve performance in the sweltering Summer Games, but does it take women longer to adapt to the heat compared to men?2021-08-11T12:04:18-04:00

Use of a Surgical or Cloth Face Mask Does Not Impede High Intensity Cycling Performance

2021-07-15T13:29:39-04:00

Wearing either a cloth or surgical face mask does not impair cycling performance. July 15, 2021 Author: Conan Shing Cardiopulmonary Lab For Experimental and Applied Physiology (CPLEAP), School of Health and Exercise Sciences, University of British Columbia Okanagan Background Wearing a face covering is an effective method to limit the [...]

Use of a Surgical or Cloth Face Mask Does Not Impede High Intensity Cycling Performance2021-07-15T13:29:39-04:00

Is Performing Eccentric Exercise Optimal for Strength and Function in Older Adults?

2021-06-28T11:49:12-04:00

Utilizing heavy loads is important when designing resistance training programs for older adults. Although eccentric (i.e. lengthening under tension) contractions were not necessary to build strength in older adults, they were more effective than traditional resistance training June 18, 2021 Dr. Ashley Gluchowski, PhD, CSEP-CEP Healthy Ageing Research Group, The University [...]

Is Performing Eccentric Exercise Optimal for Strength and Function in Older Adults?2021-06-28T11:49:12-04:00

Elite Paracyclists show resilience regarding diet, training, and fitness during COVID-19

2021-09-08T09:47:34-04:00

Over the short term (3 months), the COVID-19 pandemic had no impact on training or dietary intake in elite paracyclists, demonstrating the resilience of this group. May 14, 2021 Keely Shaw, PhD Candidate, CSEP-CEP College of Kinesiology, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, Canada Background Five months before the opening [...]

Elite Paracyclists show resilience regarding diet, training, and fitness during COVID-192021-09-08T09:47:34-04:00

The Get Active Questionnaire for Pregnancy: Breaking down barriers to prenatal exercise

2021-06-28T11:43:20-04:00

The Get Active Questionnaire for Pregnancy (GAQ-P) and associated Health Care Provider Consultation Form for Physical Activity during Pregnancy have been designed to identify individuals who may not benefit from prenatal exercise, while reducing barriers to physical activity for the majority of pregnant individuals. April 18, 2021 Brittany Ward, CSEP-CEP Program [...]

The Get Active Questionnaire for Pregnancy: Breaking down barriers to prenatal exercise2021-06-28T11:43:20-04:00

Snacking on sprints to boost fitness and improve exercise performance

2021-06-28T11:42:24-04:00

Isolated bouts of brief intense exercise over the course of the day – known as “sprint exercise snacks” – can improve cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) in sedentary young adults. March 16, 2021 Hashim Islam, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow School of Health and Exercise Sciences, UBC Okanagan Background Low CRF is an independent [...]

Snacking on sprints to boost fitness and improve exercise performance2021-06-28T11:42:24-04:00

Cold temperatures can reduce muscle strength and speed but increase muscle activity

2023-11-06T15:55:56-05:00

During everyday life, humans experience fluctuations in temperature which can influence muscle performance. For example, cooling the muscle has been shown to slow muscle contractile speed and decrease strength. February 17, 2021 Mathew Debenham, PhD Candidate School of Health and Exercise Sciences, The University of British Columbia Okanagan Background [...]

Cold temperatures can reduce muscle strength and speed but increase muscle activity2023-11-06T15:55:56-05:00

Wearing a face mask does not limit exercise performance

2021-06-28T11:40:16-04:00

Public health officials have suggested the use of masks to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Our results suggest wearing a mask during exercise will have no impact on performance. December 15, 2020 Keely Shaw, PhD Student University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada Take home message Wearing [...]

Wearing a face mask does not limit exercise performance2021-06-28T11:40:16-04:00

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