Research into exercise benefits obtained from a new device that enables users to swing and fly through the air will be the topic of the next “MTSU On the Record” radio program.
Host Gina Logue’s interview with Sandy Stevens, an associate professor of exercise science in the Department of Health and Human Performance, and Rawsam Alasmar, a graduate teaching assistant, will air from 9:30 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, May 4, and from 6 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, May 9, on WMOT-FM Roots Radio 89.5 and www.wmot.org.
The apparatus, called PENDL, straps to the user by means of a harness. It is suspended from the ceiling or other elevated point. The user then exercises muscles up-and-down, side-to-side or swinging motions.
In the spring of 2020, four people in an experimental group and six in a control group performed 20 different exercises for the low back on the PENDL in three one-hour sessions a week over eight weeks. Participants improved in back strength, back flexibility and back power and reduced low back pain.
Stevens said MTSU’s research could lay the groundwork for other investigators to pursue endless possibilities for the PENDL’s applications.
“We’ve thought about it in terms of looking at children with ADHD, autism, hyperactivity, you know, those types of things, to see if just facilitating the sensory stimulus along those neural pathways will help reorganize some of those processes in the brain,” said Stevens.
To hear previous “MTSU On the Record” programs, visit the searchable “Audio Clips” archives at www.mtsunews.com.
For more information about the radio program, contact Logue at 615-898-5081 or WMOT-FM at 615-898-2800.