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Bench stepping and running in women. Changes in fitness and injury status.
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PMID:  9830829     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this investigation was to evaluate injury rates and changes in VO2peak in women associated with aerobic exercise (bench stepping and running). METHODS: A pretest post-test repeated measures design was used to evaluate changes in VO2peak after training for 10 weeks, 3 days per week, for 1 hour per session. Injury incidence was monitored by questionnaires throughout the training program. SETTING: All testing and training took place at Auburn University Montgomery, Montgomery, AL, USA. PARTICIPANTS: The subjects were women enrolled in university physical activity courses. The exercise groups consisted of 23 women who performed bench exercise and 15 who performed running-jogging. Eleven subjects served as non-exercising controls. INTERVENTION: The 10-week exercise training program served as the intervention. MEASURES: Subjects were both pre- and post-tested for VO2peak by open circuit calorimetry. Body composition was estimated from a 7-site skinfold equation. A daily injury log was maintained to evaluate injury status. RESULTS: A repeated measures ANOVA found similar significant improvements in VO2peak for both the bench and running groups with no change for the control group. An evaluation of the injuries graded II or higher found 0.29 injuries per 100 hrs for the bench group and 0.66 injuries per 100 hrs for the running group. When all complaints were considered (grade I to grade IV) the rates increased to 2.44 per 100 hrs for the running group and 6.09 per 100 hrs for the bench group. CONCLUSIONS: Aerobic bench exercise produced similar changes in VO2peak compared to running. The results indicated that the primary injury complaints were grade I and related to delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS). The bench group experienced an greater incidence of grade I complaints while the running group experienced a slightly greater incidence of more serious grade II or higher injuries.
H N Williford; L A Richards; M Scharff-Olson; J Brown; D Blessing; W J Duey
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of sports medicine and physical fitness     Volume:  38     ISSN:  0022-4707     ISO Abbreviation:  J Sports Med Phys Fitness     Publication Date:  1998 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-12-17     Completed Date:  1998-12-17     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376337     Medline TA:  J Sports Med Phys Fitness     Country:  ITALY    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  221-6     Citation Subset:  IM; S    
Human Performance Laboratory, Auburn University at Montgomery, AL 36124-4023, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Analysis of Variance
Athletic Injuries / classification,  etiology
Body Composition
Evaluation Studies as Topic
Exercise / physiology*
Jogging / education,  injuries,  physiology
Muscle, Skeletal / physiopathology
Oxygen Consumption / physiology
Physical Education and Training
Physical Fitness / physiology*
Running / education,  injuries,  physiology*
Skinfold Thickness
Time Factors

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