TSAC—Reducing the Risk of Injury—Dual-Tasking Effects on Balance and Gait

by Rod Pope, PhD
TSAC Report July 2020
Vol 56, Issue 5

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This article is part of a continuing series on practical, evidence-based approaches to reducing the risk of injury while developing tactical strength and conditioning.

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This article originally appeared in TSAC Report, the NSCA’s quarterly, online-only publication geared toward the training of tactical athletes, operators, and facilitators. It provides research-based articles, performance drills, and conditioning techniques for operational, tactical athletes. The TSAC Report is only available for NSCA Members. Read more articles from TSAC Report 



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2. Gregory, M, Gill, D, Zou, G, Liu-Ambrose, T, Shigematsu, R, et al. Group based exercise combined with dual-task training improves gait but not vascular health in active older adults without dementia. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics 63: 18-27, 2016.

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