Motor Systems | Muscle & Connective Tissue | Social & Behavioral Determinants of Health
Upper body training according to ACSM guidelines: effects on handcycling and cycling capacity
Floor J Hettinga*, Mark Hoogwerf, Ben Sijtsma, Marloes van Ballegooijen, Faes Kerkhof, Lucas HV van der Woude
*Corresponding author: Floor J Hettinga
Human Movement Sciences, University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG), Groningen, Netherlands
F1000Posters 2013, 4: 40 (poster) [English]
Poster [1.69 MB]
59th Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) 2012, 29 May - 2 Jun 2012, P000
“How can we optimally train the upper body?” is a particularly relevant question for those in a wheelchair. To develop a knowledge base on upper body training, it is important to use the available knowledge on training in general, and adapt this to the rehabilitation context.
Handcycling is an effective training mode for upper body exercise capacity. Increases in peak physiological capacity were higher compared to regular forms of upper body exercise such as wheelchair training.
Future research must focus on transferability of these results to different patient groups and persons with different impairments and physiological capacities. In particular, those with a low physical capacity must receive special attention.
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