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While many people have experienced the fun and joy of poi, there hasn’t been any research to evaluate its potential health benefits…until now! SpinPoi conducted the first clinical trial to measure the effects of poi on physical and cognitive function in older adults, working between the Centre for Brain Research and the Dance Studies department at the University of Auckland. After just one month of poi practice, participants improved their balance, grip strength, and the ability to sustain their attention.

Poi research wins the prestigious Future Leader Award from The Royal Society Te Apārangi Early Career Researcher Forum. The competition celebrates innovative research.

TVNZ One News interviews poi study participant Marlene Stratton along with researcher Kate Riegle van West, to discuss the first scientific study on poi and its potential health benefits.

Radio New Zealand weaves together scientific data and interviews with kapa haka performer Puti Mackey, poi research participant Jocelyn Fausett, and researcher Kate Riegle van West.

About SpinPoi

SpinPoi is dedicated to improving lives through poi - a fun, accessible, affordable way to engage both the mind and body. SpinPoi was founded by Dr. Kate Riegle van West, an interdisciplinary researcher and entrepreneur with a passion for play and wellbeing. Click to learn more about the SpinPoi team or to get in touch.