Association for Behavior Analysis International

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10th International Conference; Stockholm, Sweden; 2019

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Poster Session #59
DEV Poster Session
Sunday, September 29, 2019
5:30 PM–7:00 PM
Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre, Level 4, Balcony
42. The Effects of a Self-Managed Plyometric Training Program to Increase Vertical Leap Ability of an Amateur Basketball Player
Area: DEV; Domain: Applied Research
BRETT EDWARD FURLONGER (Monash University), Luke Mill (Monash University)
Abstract: Basketball players of varying skill levels spend time, money, and resources to improve their vertical leap ability. Notwithstanding, despite their efforts, many do not improve this skill to a significant extent. To address this deficit a single-case experimental design with baseline, intervention, and post intervention phases was conducted to evaluate a self-managed 12-week Plyometric Training (PT) program. The intervention involved goal-setting and self-monitoring procedures involving seven exercises. The effect on the player’s vertical leap was then compared across phases – baseline, intervention and post-intervention. Rebounding performance within an actual competitive basketball match was then measured. Results supported the prediction that the self-managed PT program would improve the participant’s vertical leap ability. Given the importance of vertical leap ability for the sport of basketball, the self-managed PT program appeared to be an effective way to improve vertical leap performance and represented a cost-effective alternative to other costlier direct coaching programs.
43. Preferred Priming Activities to Increase Social Interaction Among Patients in a Nursing Home
Area: DEV; Domain: Applied Research
JORN ARVE VOLD (Rade Municipality), Jon Arne Løkke (Ostfold University College), Malin Terese Thoegersen (Rade Municipality)

One problem with aging is that many people experience less events and venues with social interaction with others. In particular it is a challenge in nursing homes, and several studies have shown that activation in everyday life increases life expectancy (Langer & Rodin, 1976) and the experience of pleasure and quality of life (Moore,. Delaney, & Dixon, 2007. Løkke et al, 2011). There have been some studies where they have looked at how priming with coffee and cakes (Quattrochi – Tubin & Jason. 1980), and activities (Løkke, et al. 2011) increased the interaction between patients in a nursing home. This study looks at how preferred activities increases social interaction between 3 patients at a nursing home, and measured how it was maintained after the activity had ended. The results show that participants had increased social interaction with fellow patient as long as the activity was ongoing, but this dropped considerably as soon as the activity was completed. The study shows that one must see further which elements to change within the nursing homes to maintain good social interaction between the patient, as this study showed that staff was essential to maintain social interaction.




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