Journal article

Superficial lumbopelvic muscle overactivity and decreased cocontraction after 8 weeks of bed rest

Daniel L Belavy, Carolyn A Richardson, Stephen J Wilson, Joern Rittweger, Dieter Felsenberg



STUDY DESIGN: Longitudinal study. OBJECTIVE: To gain insight into the effects of inactivity on lumbopelvic stabilization. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Some authors have suggested a link between inactivity and lumbopelvic (LP) pain. Studies examining the superficial musculature in LP pain have shown overactivity and increased cocontraction. Studies in inactivity (bed rest, microgravity) have shown similar effects on the musculature of the legs. Here we examine the effect of bed rest on superficial LP activity and cocontraction. METHODS: Ten male subjects participated in the "Berlin Bed Rest Study" and underwent 8 weeks of bed rest with a 1-year follow-up. A repetitive knee movement model at fo..

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