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Resistive simulated weightbearing exercise with whole body vibration reduces lumbar spine deconditioning in bed-rest

Daniel L Belavy, Julie A Hides, Stephen J Wilson, Warren Stanton, Fernando C Dimeo, Joern Rittweger, Dieter Felsenberg, Carolyn A Richardson



STUDY DESIGN: Randomized controlled trial. OBJECTIVE: Determine the effectiveness a resistive exercise countermeasure with whole-body vibration in relation to lumbo-pelvic muscle and spinal morphology changes during simulated spaceflight (bed-rest). SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Spinal lengthening, flattening of the spinal curves, increases in disc size, and muscle atrophy are commonly seen in spaceflight simulation. This may represent a risk for low back injury. Consideration of exercise countermeasures against these changes is critical for success of long-term spaceflight missions. METHODS: Twenty healthy male subjects underwent 8-weeks of bed-rest with 6-months follow-up and were randomly a..

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