Ryan Glatt

Ryan Glatt

About Ryan Glatt

Ryan studies the intersection of health neuroscience and exercise with the aim of bringing practical neuroscience-based programs into the fields of health, fitness, and medical. He has pursued education in behavior change, neuroscience, and cognitive science, seeking to connect it with his background in kinesiology, pain science, health coaching, and exercise program development. He currently serves as the Director of Programming at the Pacific Brain Health Center in Santa Monica, CA and works with mental health professionals and researchers to create education, programs and research for the application of exercise for the amelioration of dementia, brain injury, neurological conditions, and mental health issues. Ryan is also currently pursuing his Master’s in Applied Neuroscience from King’s College of London.

Neuroplasticity in Motion - Adding Cognitive Load to Boost the Brain

Exercise programs are often developed in response to goals that pertain to physical adaptations, such as weight loss, mobility, balance, hypertrophy, performance, and more. However, health and fitness professionals are now faced with a new challenge; addressing the epidemic of cognitive decline and accelerated brain aging. Health professionals recognize the beneficial effects exercise can have, but have not yet been able to develop target, effective exercise and activity programs created for the sake of cognitive and brain health. In addition, fitness professionals have not been educated on the specific exercise prescriptions for enhancing cognitive functioning across the lifespan, including techniques around enhancing facilitated exercise sessions with cognitive demands. This session will aim to identify how these gaps can be filled, and allow health and fitness professionals to understand how it can become possible to train the body and brain for optimal cognitive performance.

Objectives:

1. Relate a multimodal exercise program to brain health outcomes

2. Explain the value of exercise’s general effects on brain function and structure

3. Understand the value of adding cognitive load to exercise techniques and modalities

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