One-day low-intensity combined arm-leg (Cruiser) ergometer exercise intervention: cardiorespiratory strain and gross mechanical efficiency in one-legged and two-legged exerciseSimmelink, E. K., Wervelman, T., de Vries, H. S., Geertzen, J. H. B., Dekker, R. & van der Woude, L. H. V., Dec-2017, In : International Journal of Rehabilitation Research. 40, 4, p. 347-352 6 p.
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This study aims to research whether there is a difference in cardiorespiratory variables and gross mechanical efficiency (GE) in healthy individuals during low-intensity one-legged and two-legged exercise on the combined arm-leg (Cruiser) ergometer and whether motor learning occurs. The outcome of this study will support the use of the Cruiser ergometer in future as a testing and training instrument in the rehabilitation of patients with a lower limb amputation. Twenty-eight healthy men participated in this randomized-controlled trial. One group (n=14) used one leg and both arms during the exercise and the other group (n=14) used both legs and both arms. All participants performed a 1-day low-intensity exercise protocol. This included a standardized pretest and post-test of three bouts of 4min exercise at 40W and an exercise intervention of seven bouts of 2x4min exercise at 40W. The one-legged and two-legged group differed significantly in the heart rate and GE between the pretest and post-test. At the post-test, the one-legged group showed motor learning. GE improved significantly in both groups over the duration of the three exercise bouts of the pretest, but it did not improve during the post-test. There are differences in cardiorespiratory variables and GE between one-legged and two-legged exercise on the Cruiser ergometer. When using this ergometer in the rehabilitation of patients with a lower limb amputation, it is important to consider these differences and the occurrence of motor learning.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||International Journal of Rehabilitation Research|
|Early online date||4-Sep-2017|
|Publication status||Published - Dec-2017|
- amputation, ergometry, exercise test, rehabilitation, LOWER-LIMB AMPUTATION, HANDRIM WHEELCHAIR PROPULSION, BICYCLE ERGOMETER, PHYSICAL CAPACITY, OLDER-ADULTS, OXYGEN, VALIDITY, AMPUTEES