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Effects of seated double-poling ergometer training on aerobic and mechanical power in individuals with spinal cord injury.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22948172     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether regular interval training on a seated double-poling ergometer can increase physical capacity and safely improve performance towards maximal level in individuals with spinal cord injury.
METHODS: A total of 13 subjects with spinal cord injury (injury levels T5-L1) performed 30 sessions of seated double-poling ergometer training over a period of 10 weeks. Sub-maximal and maximal double-poling ergometer tests were performed before (test-retest) and after this training period. Oxygen uptake was measured using the Douglas Bag system. Three-dimensional kinematics were recorded using an optoelectronic system and piezoelectric force sensors were used to register force in both poles.
RESULTS: The mean intra-class correlation coefficient for test-retest values was 0.83 (standard deviation 0.11). After training significant improvements were observed in people with spinal cord injury in oxygen uptake (22.7%), ventilation (20.7%) and blood lactate level (22.0%) during maximal exertion exercises. Mean power per stroke and peak pole force increased by 15.4% and 23.7%, respectively. At sub-maximal level, significantly lower values were observed in ventilation (-12.8%) and blood lactate level (-25.0%).
CONCLUSION: Regular interval training on the seated double-poling ergometer was effective for individuals with spinal cord injury below T5 level in terms of improving aerobic capacity and upper-body power output. The training was safe and did not cause any overload symptoms.
Thomas Lindberg; Anton Arndt; Cecilia Norrbrink; Kerstin Wahman; Anna Bjerkefors
Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of rehabilitation medicine     Volume:  44     ISSN:  1651-2081     ISO Abbreviation:  J Rehabil Med     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-10-10     Completed Date:  2013-01-18     Revised Date:  2014-05-30    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101088169     Medline TA:  J Rehabil Med     Country:  Sweden    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  893-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Ergometry / instrumentation,  methods*
Middle Aged
Muscle Strength* / physiology
Oxygen Consumption
Physical Exertion* / physiology
Spinal Cord Injuries / physiopathology,  rehabilitation*
Treatment Outcome

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