Special Issue "Exercise and Chronic Disease 2020"

A special issue of Sports (ISSN 2075-4663).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2021) | Viewed by 5924

Special Issue Editor

Sport and Exercise Science, College of Healthcare Sciences, James Cook University, Townsville, QLD 4811, Australia
Interests: exercise physiology; cardiovascular function; exercise testing/assessment, athlete monitoring; exercise and chronic disease; physical activity
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Dear Colleagues,

The impact of chronic disease on human health has become a prevalent concern, with effective interventions sought after.  Regular, structured physical activity or exercise has been frequently reported to be a key contributor to managing one’s health with these benefits actively promoted.  However, the undertaking of this activity by a range of populations still remains challenging with the optimal exercise parameters (e.g., mode, intensity, duration, etc.) for different populations yet to be confirmed.  Several guidelines have been developed to assist with exercise management for health and disease, but more investigations are needed to support patients, practitioners, and researchers.  This Special Issue aims to update the evidence of the impact of exercise in managing chronic diseases/conditions and to promote innovative practice.  Novel studies of interventions, mechanisms, and populations are of particular interest; we encourage these submissions in order to advance our understanding and development of the best exercise practice for improved health.

Prof. Dr. Anthony Leicht
Guest Editor

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  • health
  • well-being
  • quality of life
  • cardiovascular
  • diabetes
  • mental health
  • physical activity
  • intervention
  • best practice
  • medicine

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Golf as a Physical Activity to Potentially Reduce the Risk of Falls in Older Adults with Parkinson’s Disease
Sports 2021, 9(6), 72; https://doi.org/10.3390/sports9060072 - 23 May 2021
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Advanced age is associated with an increased risk for falls in aging adults. Older adults are also more likely to be diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD), with advanced age as the most significant risk factor. PD is a neurodegenerative disorder with four Cardinal [...] Read more.
Advanced age is associated with an increased risk for falls in aging adults. Older adults are also more likely to be diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD), with advanced age as the most significant risk factor. PD is a neurodegenerative disorder with four Cardinal motor symptoms: rigidity, bradykinesia, postural instability, and tremor. Thus, people (person)-with-Parkinson’s disease (PwP) have an even greater risk of falling than non-disorder age-matched peers. Exercise is an activity requiring physical effort, typically carried out to sustain or improve overall health and fitness, and it lowers the risk of falls in the general population. The sport of golf provides a low-impact all-around workout promoting a range of motion, activation of muscles in the upper and lower body, flexibility, and balance. Swinging a golf club offers a unique combination of high amplitude axial rotation, strengthening postural musculature, coordination, and stabilization, demonstrating the potential to impact PD symptoms positively. Golf may be a novel exercise treatment regimen for PD to use in conjunction with traditional medical therapy. We completed a literature review to determine the relationship between the game of golf, PD, and the risk of falls. We concluded that regularly playing golf can lower the risk for falls in community ambulating older adults with PD and demonstrates the potential to improve quality of life for PwP. Full article
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