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J Musculoskelet Neuronal Interact, 2014; 14(1): 111-23, PMID: 24583546

Study protocol, implementation, and verification of a short versatile upright exercise regime during 5 days of bed rest.

Year: 2014

Mulder E, Frings-Meuthen P, von der Wiesche M, Clement G, Linnarsson D, Paloski WH, Wuyts FL, Zange J, Rittweger J
Institute of Aerospace Medicine, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Cologne, Germany.


Objectives: This work provides a reference for future papers originating from this study by providing basic results on body mass, urine volume, and hemodynamic changes to 5 days of bed rest (BR) and by describing acute cardio-respiratory/mechanographic responses to a short versatile upright exercise battery. Methods: Ten male subjects (mean+/-SEM age: 29.4+/-1.5 years; height: 178.8+/-1.5 cm; body mass: 77.7+/-1.5 kg) performed, in random order, 5 days of 6 degrees head-down tilt (HDT) BR with no exercise (CON), or BR with daily 25 minutes of quiet upright standing (STA) or upright locomotion replacement training (LRT). Results: Plasma volume, exercise capacity and orthostatic tolerance decreased similarly between interventions following 5 days of BR. Upright heart rate during LRT and STA increased throughout BR; from 137+/-4 bpm to 146+/-4 bpm for LRT (P<0.01); and from 90+/-3 bpm to 102+/-6 bpm (P<0.001) for STA. Conclusion: the overall similarity in the response to BR, and increase in upright heart rate during the LRT sessions suggest early and advancing cardiovascular deconditioning during 5 days of BR bed rest, which was not prevented by the versatile exercise regime.

Keywords: Smith Machine, bed rest, standardization, squat, heel raise
GID: 3496; Last update: 19.03.2014