Strength training is motor learning

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Tim Carroll

Tim will illustrate that, although there is compelling evidence that strength training causes physiological changes in the central nervous system, our understanding regarding the mechanistic details and functional implications of these adaptations remain rudimentary. There remain a number of open questions about how to exploit neural adaptation to strength training from a performance perspective. These include how manipulations of different training parameters modulate the fundamental nature of resulting adaptations, and the degree to which adaptations influence the neural control of movements beyond the gym. He will present a framework to assist in performance-based understanding of how the brain responds to high-load training, which may assist in improving the effectiveness of strength training in rehabilitation and sport BIOG: Tim Carroll is an Associate Professor in sensorimotor control, based at the University of Queensland in Australia. He has studied how strength training affects the central nervous system since 1998 and has published work on corticospinal tract responses to training, transfer of strength between limbs, and training effects on muscle coordination. Tim completed his doctorate in neuroscience at the University of Queensland in 2001. He was awarded an Isaac Walton Killam memorial fellowship to pursue postdoctoral studies at the University of Alberta in 2002, before accepting a position as a lecturer in human motor control at the University of New South Wales in 2003. He joined the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences as a senior lecturer in July 2007. He currently holds an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship, and is based at the University of Cambridge until December 2016.

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