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J Occup Med. 1989 Jun;31(6):547-50.

Differences between a supervised and independent strength and conditioning program with chronic low back syndromes.

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Rehabilitation and Sports Performance Center, Denver, CO 80237.

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to evaluate changes in physiologic parameters seen in a group of patients with chronic low back syndrome assigned to supervised and independent strength and conditioning programs. Forty patients with chronic low back syndrome were assigned either to a control group (independent exercise) or to an experimental group (supervised exercise). All subjects underwent pre-testing for aerobic fitness, strength and responses to visual analog pain rating scales. Twenty control subjects were given predesigned exercise programs and told to exercise four times per week for 6 months. Twenty experimental subjects were given predesigned exercise programs but were monitored by a strength and conditioning specialist for the same period. Statistically significant results were seen for increases in aerobic fitness and strength, decreases in reported pain, and percent body fat in the experimental group. Since the experimental group completed 90.75 sessions out of 96, compared with 31.95 for the control group, it could be concluded that supervision increases chances for compliance and success as measured by these parameters.

PMID:
2525182
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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