Ten-time Triathlon Champion graduates MSc in Exercise Physiology

Thursday, March 1, 2012, 10:00

Dermot Galea

Dermot Galea, winner of ten editions of the Malta National Triathlon Championships, graduated Master of Science in Exercise Physiology fromLoughborough   University,United Kingdom. The degree was carried out following the award of a Strategic Educational Pathways (STEPS) Scholarship (Malta).

This scholarship is part-financed by the European Union – European Social Fund (ESF) under Operational Programme II – Cohesion Policy 2007-2013, “Empowering People for More Jobs and a Better Quality of Life”.

In partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree, Galea undertook research about cross-education of muscular strength and polpliteal artery function after low-intensity resistance exercise with vascular occlusion in young men. His research demonstrated that low load plantar flexion resistance training with blood flow restriction induced strength improvements and hypertrophy in the trained leg, with cross-education adaptation in strength in the non-trained limb.

This research could have important implications, since such a training protocol can thus be used for injured athletes to help retain strength in the non-trained leg during the rehabilitation period.

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