Intensity – Huh! What is it good for? Absolutely everything…say it again!

From the Kleim and Jones 2007 article on neuroplasticity, to the American College of Sports Medicine recommendations, we know that intensity, when purposeful and harnessed – can and often does lead to improved outcomes. Recent advances in High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) for endurance and strength training (studies in distance swimming, cycling, and both long and short distance running) have proven this to be the case. What about intensity in cognitive rehabilitation? While there would most certainly be some notes of caution (mild cognitive impairment, early stages of dementia) and some contraindications (early recovery from concussion) – there are many favorable applications, including (as will be referenced in later posts) cognitive stimulation and pressure training for wellness.