Journal article

Effect of prolonged bed rest on the anterior hip muscles

M Dilani Mendis, Julie A Hides, Stephen J Wilson, Alison Grimaldi, Daniel L Belavy, Warren Stanton, Dieter Felsenberg, Joern Rittweger, Carolyn Richardson

GAIT & POSTURE | ELSEVIER IRELAND LTD | Published : 2009

Abstract

Prolonged bed rest and inactivity is known to cause muscular atrophy with previous research indicating that muscles involved in joint stabilisation are more susceptible. The anterior hip muscles are important for hip joint function and stability but little is known about the effects of prolonged inactivity on their function. This study investigated the effect of prolonged bed rest on the size of the anterior hip muscles and their pattern of recovery. The effect of resistive vibration exercise (RVE) as a countermeasure to muscle atrophy was also investigated. 12 male participants, randomly assigned to either a control or an exercise group, underwent 8 weeks of bed rest with 6 months follow-up..

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