Ben Waller - ICEBAT INDIA-2017

Ben Waller


Speaker Profile

Ben Waller, University of Jyvaskyla, Finland

Ben Waller is a researcher at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Ben has recently completed his PhD which investigated the impact of aquatic resistance training on symptoms, function, body composition and cartilage in women with mild knee OA at the Univeristy of Jyväskylä, Finland. His current research interest has diversified to investigating the effects of immersion and aquatic exercise on muscle architecture and neural activity through novel outcomes including underwater ultrasound and electrical stimulation, in both healthy and different patient populations. Additionally, Ben has published a number of articles in peer reviewed journals concerning aquatic therapy. He completed his BSc (Hons) degree in physiotherapy in 2001, graduating from the University of Brighton and graduated from University of Jyväskylä in 2010 with MSc in Health Sciences. Additionally, Ben has a 15 year clinical background specializing in musculoskeletal, sports injuries and orthopedics and has experience working with some of Finland’s elite athletes.

Keynote Title:

Acute Neuromuscular adaptations during immersion

Much is known about cardiovascular responses to aquatic immersion and exercise, yet an understanding of the neuromuscular and functional responses to water immersion and training are unclear.  Recent research has identified kinematic differences between land and water environments but it is unclear if these differences make aquatic exercise suboptimal or if kinematic differences in water transfer to land after training. The first part of our presentation will focus on how water immersion itself influences balance and how acute and chronic training influences function and mobility in various populations.  The second part of our presentation will focus on the neuromuscular bases for the observed differences between aquatic and land environments.

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