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J Musculoskelet Neuronal Interact. 2014 Mar;14(1):111-23.

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

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Institute of Aerospace Medicine, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Cologne, Germany.

Abstract

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° 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.

PMID:
24583546
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