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Energy expenditure of paraplegic marathon runners measured during a wheelchair marathon.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  6484367     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Wheelchair bound paraplegics tend to spend a sedentary life. They seem to be vulnerable to prolonged strenuous exertion because of their many physical handicaps such as metabolic depression, cardiovascular instability, urinary incontinence, pressure sores and so on. In commemoration of The International Year of the Disabled, The First Oita International Wheelchair Marathon was held in Autumn of 1981. This paper is to review the results of an experiment made at this half marathon. The course length was 21.1 km. Ten competitors were selected at random as the subjects for measuring energy expenditure during the race. As a preliminary examination, a work load test was performed by using a wheelchair treadmill to obtain a regression equation of the individual relationship between oxygen uptake and heart rates. The oxygen uptake of individuals during the race was estimated from the heart rates which were recorded by the small memory box fixed beneath the wheelchair. Six subjects were successfully examined. The results revealed that paraplegics safely tolerated the prolonged strenuous exercise. Their average oxygen uptake, mean heart rate and the lap time during the race were 34.17 +/- 8.11 ml/kg/min (mean +/- SD), 167.6 +/- 15.8 beats/min and 87.1 +/- 9.1 min respectively. Heart rate of the subjects was always very high during the race, although oxygen consumption was fairly low in comparison to able-bodied elite marathon runners.
K Asayama; Y Nakamura; H Ogata; H Morita; S Kodama; K Hatada
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of UOEH     Volume:  6     ISSN:  0387-821X     ISO Abbreviation:  J. UOEH     Publication Date:  1984 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1984-11-02     Completed Date:  1984-11-02     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7909645     Medline TA:  J UOEH     Country:  JAPAN    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  121-30     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Energy Metabolism*
Heart Rate
Middle Aged
Oxygen Consumption
Paraplegia / physiopathology*
Physical Exertion*
Sports Medicine*

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