SOURCE: National Academy of Sports Medicine

National Academy of Sports Medicine

April 20, 2010 06:26 ET

New Research Study Validates Benefits of Integrated Training and the Optimum Performance Training Model

Researchers at the NASM Research Institute Found Integrated Training Techniques to Be More Effective Than Traditional Resistance Training Programs

CALABASAS, CA--(Marketwire - April 20, 2010) -  The National Academy of Sports Medicine® (NASM®), a global leader in personal trainer certification, corrective exercise, and sports performance training, and researchers at the NASM Research Institute at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (UNC) today released the results of a study designed to test the effects of integrated training techniques compared to traditional resistance training programs on functional performance. The study concluded that traditional training programs offer limited improvement in power and flexibility, whereas integrated training programs successfully improved multiple dimensions of functional performance.

"Traditional weight training programs utilize an exercise prescription strategy that emphasizes improving muscle strength; however, muscle strength is only one aspect of overall function and performance," said Dr. Darin Padua, UNC Associate Professor and Director of the UNC Sports Medicine Laboratory. "Other factors such as stability, endurance, movement quality, flexibility, speed and agility are also essential elements to improving overall functional performance as well." Specifically, the study focused on movement quality, vertical jump height, agility, muscle strength/endurance and flexibility. Statistical analysis revealed that movement quality, speed/agility, upper extremity strength/endurance, and abdominal strength/endurance were all improved using the integrated program but not the traditional program.

The findings of the study are promising for all persons interested in improving their overall fitness level, reaching their weight loss goals or improving athletic performance. Today, most Americans suffer from poor posture, muscular imbalances, excess weight and chronic pain or injury due to inactive lifestyles, while in the world of competitive sports, the physical demands and skill levels of athletes continues to become more demanding. As a result, training and conditioning techniques need to adapt to meet these demands. The UNC study confirms that integrated training is the most comprehensive and contemporary training approach today.

"Improving functional performance is one of the primary goals of NASM's patented Optimum Performance Training (OPT) model," said Dr. Micheal Clark, NASM CEO. "Founded on scientifically valid human movement science principles and integrated training techniques, the OPT model is an adaptable and progressive approach that can be used anytime and anywhere to help individuals achieve a state of overall health and optimal performance. The OPT model is designed for everyone, from children, moms and dad, seniors, all the way up to elite athletes."

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About the University of North Carolina

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill has a rich heritage of academic excellence. Chartered in 1789, UNC was the first public university in the United States and the only one to graduate students in the eighteenth century. Today, UNC is a multicampus university composed of 16 constituent institutions. The university consists of each public educational institution that grants baccalaureate degrees in the state of North Carolina.

About NASM®

Since 1987, the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) has been a global leader in providing evidence-based certifications and advanced credentials to health and fitness professionals. In addition to its NCCA-accredited fitness Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) certification, NASM offers a progressive career track with access to Advanced Specializations, Continuing Education courses, and accredited Bachelor and Master Degree programs. The NASM educational continuum is designed to help today's health and fitness professional enhance their career while empowering their clients to live healthier lives. To learn more, visit: or call 1.800.460.NASM (6276).

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