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Responses to exercise of paraplegics who differ in conditioning level.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  1152631     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the cardiopulmonary function and body composition of sedentary and highly active paraplegics. Four age-matched groups of men (n = 41) were studied: wheelchair-bound sedentary (WS), wheelchair-bound athletes of international caliber (WA), able-bodied sedentary (NS), and able-bodied athletes of national Israeli teams (NA). Although of similar height, WS were significantly (p less than .05) heavier and more obese (skinfolds) than WA and NS. Maximal oxygen consumption (VO2max arm), as measured during arm ergometry by direct open circuit spirometry, was significantly lower in WS (19.58 plus or minus 5.53 ml/kg per min) than in WA (35.00 plus or minus 7.55). The latter had significantly higher VO2max arm than did NS (25.79 plus or minus 3.98). However, no significant difference was observed between WA and NA (38.05 plus or minus 6.25). A similar trend, favoring WA over WS, was shown for maximal minute ventilation and maximal oxygen pulse. Functional lung volumes (FVC, FEV1.0, MBC) did not differ significantly between WA and WS. Heart rates at submaximal work loads were higher in WA than in NA, but markedly lower than in WS. Clear-cut conclusions can be obtained only by a longitudinal study, but these data suggest a marked decrement in cardiopulmonary functions, related to the oxygen transport system, in men whose lower limbs have been immobilized for years. A reversed trend is shown for paraplegics who regularly activate their upper limbs and trunk muscles.
L D Zwiren; O Bar-Or
Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Medicine and science in sports     Volume:  7     ISSN:  0025-7990     ISO Abbreviation:  Med Sci Sports     Publication Date:  1975  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1975-11-06     Completed Date:  1975-11-06     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0203246     Medline TA:  Med Sci Sports     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  94-8     Citation Subset:  IM; S    
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MeSH Terms
Arm / physiology
Body Composition
Heart Rate
Life Style
Oxygen Consumption
Paraplegia* / physiopathology
Physical Exertion*
Physical Fitness*
Skinfold Thickness
Sports Medicine
Ventilation-Perfusion Ratio

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