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Resistive vibration exercise reduced lower limb atrophy during 56-day bed-rest

Belavy, Daniel Ludovic and Miokovic, Tania and Armbrecht, Gabi and Richardson, Carolyne and Rittweger, Jörn and Felsenberg, Dieter (2009) Resistive vibration exercise reduced lower limb atrophy during 56-day bed-rest. Journal of Musculoskeletal and Neuronal Interactions, 9 (4), pp. 225-235.

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Objectives: The current study aimed to examine the effectiveness of a resistive vibration exercise countermeasure during prolonged bed-rest in preventing lower-limb muscle atrophy. Methods: 20 male subjects underwent 56-days of bed-rest and were assigned to either an inactive control, or a countermeasure group which performed high-load resistive exercises (including squats, heel raises and toe raises) with whole-body vibration. Magnetic resonance imaging of the lower-limbs was performed at twoweekly intervals. Volume of individual muscles was calculated. Results: Countermeasure exercise reduced atrophy in the triceps surae and the vastii muscles (F>3.0, p<.025). Atrophy of the peroneals, tibialis posterior and toe flexors was less in the countermeasure- subjects, though statistical evidence for this was weak (F≤2.3, p≥.071). Atrophy in the hamstring muscles was similar in both groups (F<1.1, p>.38). The adductor longus, sartiorius and rectus femoris muscles showed little loss of muscle volume during bed-rest (F<1.7, p>.15). Conclusions: The countermeasure exercise programme was effective in reducing atrophy in the extensors of the knee and ankle but not the hamstrings.

Document Type:Article
Title:Resistive vibration exercise reduced lower limb atrophy during 56-day bed-rest
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID
Belavy, Daniel LudovicCharité - Universitätsmedizin BerlinUNSPECIFIED
Miokovic, TaniaCharité - Universitätsmedizin BerlinUNSPECIFIED
Armbrecht, GabiCharité - Universitätsmedizin BerlinUNSPECIFIED
Richardson, CarolyneUniversity of QueenslandUNSPECIFIED
Rittweger, Jörnjoern.rittweger@dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Felsenberg, Dieterdieter.felsenberg@dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Journal or Publication Title:Journal of Musculoskeletal and Neuronal Interactions
Refereed publication:Yes
In Open Access:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Page Range:pp. 225-235
Keywords:Spaceflight, Berlin Bed Rest Study, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Microgravity, Countermeasures
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W FR - Forschung unter Weltraumbedingungen (old)
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W FR - Forschung unter Weltraumbedingungen
DLR - Research theme (Project):W - Vorhaben Integrative Studien (old)
Location: Köln-Porz
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Aerospace Medicine > Space Physiology
Deposited By: Rittweger, Jörn
Deposited On:22 Jan 2010 13:33
Last Modified:26 Mar 2013 13:15

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