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EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL AND REHABILITATION MEDICINE
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European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine 2014 October;50(5):535-41
Aerobic fitness and skewness of frequency distribution of continuously measured heart rate in adults with brain injury
Satonaka A. 1, 2, Suzuki N. 1, 2, Kawamura M. 1 ✉
1 School of Medicine, Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan;
2 Institute for Developmental Research, Aichi Human Service Center, Nagoya, Japan
BACKGROUND: Determinant factors of aerobic fitness have not been clearly demonstrated in individuals with brain injury.
AIM: To investigate the relationship between aerobic fitness and gender, age, intensity and total duration of aerobic physical activity, and skewness of the frequency distribution of 6-h continuous heart rate values in a larger sample of adults with brain injury.
DESIGN: Cross-sectional and correlative study.
SETTING: Research laboratory setting.
POPULATION: Thirteen adult women and 20 adult men with cerebral palsy or stroke participated in this study.
METHOD: VO2max was estimated using the multistage submaximal cycle ergometer test. Heart rate was recorded continuously for 6 h on a weekday. Relationships between predicted VO2max and gender, age, intensity and total duration of aerobic physical activity, skewness of frequency distribution, and average heart rate over 6 h were determined.
RESULTS: Significant differences were seen in predicted VO2max between genders (P < 0.05). Predicted VO2max correlated significantly only with the skewness of the frequency distribution of values for continuous heart rate (r = −0.53, P < 0.01).
CONCLUSION AND CLINICAL REHABILITATION IMPACT: The results suggest that brief and frequent physical activity may also improve aerobic fitness in adults with brain injury.