assist. prof. dr. Darjan Smajla – PHD TOPICS

Name and Surname: asist. prof. Darjan Smajla, Phd
ARRS 38157

Research facility (research activity location)
Univerza na Primorskem, Fakulteta za vede o zdravju

Research field according to ARRS classification
Science: Social sciences
Field: Sport – Kinesiology

Summary of research topic and field

The average life expectancy of the population is prolonging, therefore an important goal of the elderly is to maintain daily physical function and autonomy for as long as possible. For successful prevention and mitigation of aging and its negative effects on daily function, appropriate knowledge about changes and underlying mechanisms is necessary. Resistance training is one of the most effective methods for slowing down the changes caused by aging. Recently, flywheel exercise has been increasingly used in rehabilitation and sports training, while the chronic effects and underlying mechanisms of personalized flywheel exercise have not yet been well researched. There is a lack of studies in specific populations such as the elderly. The purpose of this project is to examine the chronic adaptations and mechanisms in older people using exercise with a pronounced eccentric load (flywheel exercise). First we will evaluate the training protocols of flywheel exercise in terms of of safety, stability, and comfort. In the second part of the project, we will merge evaluation measurements and flywheel exercise training in the form of a randomized-controlled intervention training study. We will examine the specific effects and underlying mechanisms of systematic and individualized flywheel exercise and compare it with second exercise group (elastic load) and control group. Results of the project will contribute to the understanding of the chronic effects (underlying movement mechanisms under flywheel loading and underlying mechanisms as a consequence of chronic flywheel exercise) and for developing personalization exercise strategies for flywheel exercise.