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Anxiety responses to maximal exercise testing.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  7551769     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The influence of maximal exercise testing on state anxiety was examined in three separate studies. Highly trained male distance runners (Study 1, n = 12) as well as college students with average (Study 2, n = 16) and below average (Study 3, n = 32) physical fitness levels completed graded maximal exercise tests. This last group was also randomly assigned to either a control or an 8 week training programme in order to determine the effect of increased fitness on the psychological responses to maximal exercise testing. Physical fitness was determined by the measurement of maximal oxygen uptake. State anxiety (State-Trait Anxiety Inventory) was assessed before and from 2-15 min following exercise. It was found that the state anxiety responses to maximal exercise testing were not influenced by re-testing or by 8 weeks of endurance training. Across the three study groups, the anxiety response was variable during the first 5 min following exercise testing; increases, decreases and no changes in anxiety were observed when compared to pre-exercise levels. The anxiety response to maximal exercise appeared to be dependent on the pre-exercise anxiety levels as well as the timing of the post-exercise assessments. It is concluded that maximal exercise testing can be associated with negative mood shifts during the first 5 min after exercise; however, this response is transitory and followed by positive mood shifts 10-15 min following such tests.
P J O'Connor; S J Petruzzello; K A Kubitz; T L Robinson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Comparative Study; Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial    
Journal Detail:
Title:  British journal of sports medicine     Volume:  29     ISSN:  0306-3674     ISO Abbreviation:  Br J Sports Med     Publication Date:  1995 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1995-11-14     Completed Date:  1995-11-14     Revised Date:  2009-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0432520     Medline TA:  Br J Sports Med     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  97-102     Citation Subset:  IM    
Exercise and Sport Research Institute, Arizona State University, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Analysis of Variance
Anxiety / physiopathology,  psychology*
Case-Control Studies
Exercise / psychology
Exercise Test
Heart Rate / physiology
Oxygen Consumption / physiology
Physical Endurance / physiology
Physical Exertion* / physiology
Physical Fitness / physiology,  psychology
Running / psychology

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