The areas of research defined by the HealhtyFit group, mark its roadmap at the time of debating and defining the research projects to be developed. Due to the training of the members of the group, the areas that are currently defined as priorities form the basis of their research work, with which they enter public tenders for funding:
Physical Activity, Health and Senior Citizens
Promoting physical activity in older adults is essential to minimise the effects of ageing and to preserve functional ability. This area focuses on identifying and quantifying the physical activity that senior citizens must perform in order to carry out an effective and efficient intervention, according to their characteristics and abilities.
Performance vs Health
Since ancient times, the scientific community has considered that top-level sport is harmful to health, and is far from the widely demonstrated benefits offered by the healthy practice of sport. The career of an elite athlete is short, and once it ends, it must be integrated into an often-new social context, which demands great effort from the athlete. The objective of this area is the development of norms and guidelines in order to facilitate the adaptation process for elite athletes, and avoid the dreaded wall that is adaptation.
Research on Parkinson's Disease
The practice of regular and systematized physical activity has shown its effectiveness in slowing down the degenerative process of Parkinson's disease, however little is known about the differential effects of the new exercise proposals. The objective of this line is to validate the different physical exercise programs for Parkinson's disease and to create new ones more motivationally and with better results than the existing ones.
Swimming and aquatic activities
Interest in swimming and aquatic activities has steadily increased over recent years. The general explosion in the effort to analyse and treat physical condition and health has resulted in various areas of sports science also stimulating research in the field of aquatic activities. This area of research aims to use aquatic intervention as a non-pharmacological treatment in search of an individual's improvement by taking advantage of the physical properties of water.