Evidence-based exercise programming

Those who program exercise training, such as coaches, physiologists, and rehabilitation specialists, are expected to design programs that are based on the best available scientific evidence. This ideal is yet to be met in practice for several reasons, including that the studies are not relevant, there are too many of them to read, the results of studies might conflict, and because the results might be difficult to translate into practical decisions. Ways to make the best scientific evidence accessible to exercise programmers is therefore necessary.

The Clarke Lab is conducting systematic reviews and meta-analyses of published data to create tools that facilitate evidence-based exercise programming. Projects include investigating the nature of the principles of exercise programming such as specificity and individuality.