Comparative Study on the Response of Cardiopulmonary Function Between the Spinal Cord Injured and the Normal Sedentary During Maximal Exercise and Rest
The purpose of this study was to analyze the response of cardiopulmonary function between the spinal cord injured and the normal sedentary during maximal exercise and rest. The subjects were 10 spinal cord injured who did not participate in regular exercise and 10 normal sedentary college students. Incremental exercise testing to the point of exhaustion was done on all 20 subjects. The cardiopulmonary variables—V̇O2peak, V̇epeak, HRpeak, and O2pulsepeak—were measured by auto gas analyzer. Independent t-tests between the two groups were done to detect mean differences in these variables. The results were as follows: (a) significant differences between the spinal cord injured and the normal sedentary were found in V̇O2peak, V̇epeak, O2pulsepeak during maximal exercise; (b) no significant differences were found in HRpeak, VEpeak during maximal exercise; and (c) there were no statistical differences among all the variables in this study during rest.
KeywordsSpinal Cord Maximal Exercise Spinal Cord Injure Peak Oxygen Uptake Peak Heart Rate
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