Core and balance work is essential for the senior population. However, have you considered plyometric training? While we are not asking you to perform box jumps, there are other forms of reactive training. These are used to enhance your abilities. Plyometric training will help you to avoid falls, play with your grandchildren safely and even participate in recreational activities. These activities could include golf, tennis, walking or running. For majority of our clients, functional independence and freedom of movement is critical to enhancing their quality of life. MD Health understands the role of cardiovascular training and resistance training in seniors. However, we are yet to tap into the benefits of plyometric training.


Plyometric or Reactive training is defined as a quick, powerful movement involving an eccentric contraction, followed immediately by an explosive concentric contraction.


To move with precision, force must be reduced, stabilised and then produced. This increases the rate of force production, motor-unit recruitment, rate coding and synchronisation. To summarise, types of plyometrics, done correctly, can help increase your reaction rate. This makes you quicker, faster and potentially stronger.


Reactive training has several important benefits. First and foremost, reactive training enhances the rate of force production. This is defined as the ability of muscles to exert maximal force in minimal time. Success in most functional activities (including falls prevention) depends on the speed at which muscles are activated. To prevent a trip or fall, an individual must have sufficient lower limb muscle power. This means you will be able to get a stabilising leg out fast enough to prevent or reduce the effects of a fall. However, the speed of contraction lessens as we age. This  decreases the firing time of muscles. Our Strength also reduces which limits our ability to prevent a dangerous fall.


To summarise, specific functional exercises should emphasise a rapid change of direction. This will be used to prepare our clients for the functional demands of everyday activities.


Book in your free Plyometric session as part of this month’s offer either at reception or telephone
on 9857 0644.



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