How our research benefiets our society
Regular physical activity can improve schoolchildren’s academic performance and adults’ productivity at work. It can prevent secondary impairments in individuals with disability, and slow cognitive decline in old age. There is overwhelming evidence that daily physical activity, regular exercise, and taking part in sports play a preventive role in the evolution of chronic diseases. It is therefore highly relevant to better understand the physiological, neural, biomechanical, and cognitive mechanisms of how children, adults, and old individuals with and without disability acquire motor skills, control movement, improve daily function and adapt to increased or decreased levels of physical activity and exercise programs. Such an increased understanding of the relationship between human movement, functioning and health is highly relevant to healthy aging, as it is a prerequisite for effective interventions.