Danilo Contiero

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About Danilo Contiero

Danilo Contiero was born in Gragnano(NA), Italy in 1992. He has been an active karate athlete, competing in national and international level in the specialty of kumitè, WKF. He had is Msc in health and physical activity, in 2017, after completing an international master program joined by the University of Rome “Foro Italico”, The Univesity of Odesne SDU, The Norwegian School of Sport Science, the University of Wien and the German Sport University of Cologne. After a period of research, under the supervision of Prof. Paolo Caserotti and Prof. H. Eichberg, Danilo obtained a scholarship for a PhD research project on health ageing at the University of West of Scotland, UK. His research interests now look at healthy ageing, martial arts and social issues. In Moscow, in 2019, he received an award by the World Traditional Karate Federation for the promotion and development of karate for health. He regularly visits partner research teams in Poland and Netherlands, where he is promoting the development of healthy ageing. He is an active member of the Idokan Poland Association, in the Dan and scientific research committee. Danilo is a registered kinesiologist (BCKA), an advanced exercise specialist and exercise referral (REPS)

Physical activity: a powerful drug for healthy ageing. Do older adults like it?

World population is ageing very fast. Increasing age is associated with greater risk of functional loss, disability (Brunet et al 2015) and greater public health expenditure (Gray 2005). Physical activity and structured exercise are currently considered essential interventions within the primary and secondary health care framework as they have been associated with reduced risk of several chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, hypertension, obesity, depression and osteoporosis, balance problems and difficulty walking (Warburton et al 2006), (Reuter 2012),(Booth et al 2012). Unfortunately, older adults look to not be excited at the idea of joining physical activity (Lin et al. 2010). An exception looks to be represented by traditional martial arts as activity that older adults enjoy to practice (P.Van Dijk et al. 2014). A lot of studies have considered Tai Chi for healthy ageing, but beneficial effects on strength improvement, fall’s prevention and quality of life have also been found in other martial arts as Judo and Karate (Ó. DelCastillo-Andrés et al. 2019), (Mori . et al. 2002)..


1. Understand the beneficial effects of physical activity on age related health and social issues

2. Consider the challenges to involve older adults in physical activity

3. Look at traditional martial arts training as a possible solution to keep older adults physically active and socially involved


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