Christian Thompson

Christian Thompson

About Christian Thompson

Christian (Chris) is a Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of San Francisco, a researcher at UCSF Medical Center, and the owner of Thompson Fitness Solutions. He has published scientific articles on exercise programming for older adults in many peer-reviewed journals and is a featured author of older adult training courses hosted by PTontheNet, the Medical Fitness Network and the PTA Global. He is the creator of the online balance and fall prevention exercise programming solution, Mobility Matters ( Chris sits on the advisory board of the Medical Fitness Education Foundation, the Functional Aging Institute and serves as editor for the Translational Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine. He has also served as Chair of ACSM’s Interest Group on Aging and their Health & Fitness Summit Planning Committee.

Get in Touch: Enhance Your Somatosensory Exercise Programming!

The somatosensory system is implicated in balance maintenance and fall prevention by providing valuable sensory information to the central nervous system. However, with age and physical inactivity, the somatosensory system loses its sensitivity and puts the person at elevated risk for injurious falls. Fortunately, joint mobility and stability exercises can enhance this system. This workshop will describe how to construct the elements of a somatosensory exercise program for reducing fall risk. Additionally, other popular strategies for enhancing somatosensory function (i.e., barefoot walking, vibration training) will be discussed.


1. Understand the physiological changes to the somatosensory system with age and sedentary living.

2. Construct exercise programs to stimulate their somatosensory system.

3. Instruct their clients on daily behaviors to enhance the acuity of their somatosensory system.


© 2018 Functional Aging Institute