These were just a few more notes I took from the Strength Conference that Patrick Ward spoke at .
Why Train The Aerobic System?
1. Increased aerobic capacity improves phosphocreatine resynthesis between sprints.
2. Improved Vagal tone and return to parasympathetic state. This means better recovery.
3. Increased ability to perform high work load. (You can train harder)
4. Decreased reliance on glycolysis.
5. Increased mitochondrial density and capillary numbers.
6. Increase in PGC 1a. (Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor -gamma coactivator. (Why it's shorted to PGC a1)
This transcription activator plays a role in regulating inflammation. Exercise can help decrease inflammation. There is a suppressive role over ROS (reactive oxidative species) A decrease in PGC 1a due to sedentary lifestyle may have a systemic effect and produce low level inflammation. This study PGC 1a stimulates mitochondrial biogenesis and promotes the remodeling of muscle tissue to a fiber type that is metabolically more oxidative and less glycolitic.
Hopefully the above points are enough to get you doing some aerobic work with your patients/athletes.