The effects of a neuromuscular electrical stimulation training intervention on physiological measures in a spinal cord injured male : a case study

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Show simple item record McCormack, Kirsti Carty, Amanda Coghlan, Garrett Crowe, Louis Caulfield, Brian 2010-08-24T13:40:49Z 2010-08-24T13:40:49Z Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists 2010 en 2010-04
dc.identifier.citation Physiotherapy Ireland en
dc.description.abstract Background: People with spinal cord injury (SCI) are exposed to the development of comorbidities secondary to a decreased ability to exercise and pathological complications. Aerobic exercise has been advocated as a means of preventing the development of these illnesses. Previous research has indicated that functional electrical stimulation (FES) provides an appropriate aerobic stimulus in an SCI population to provide cardiovascular fitness gains. However, FES devices are time consuming for both clients and medical staff in a rehabilitation and home setting with devices often expensive. Our research group have developed a novel neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) system which may provide an alternative to FES and elicit a similar response. Methods: A 40 year old male with a T6 incomplete SCI, undertook 6 weeks of NMES training for one hour, five days per week. Pre and post intervention measures include a treadmill VO2 peak test, a DXA scan and subjective feedback regarding the NMES device and training stimulus. Results: Improvements in VO2 peak, heart rate and exercise tolerance were observed with minor decreases in total body fat mass. The participant reported that the NMES was an acceptable form of cardiovascular training. Conclusion: Our pilot case study has indicated that our NMES system is capable of eliciting an aerobic training effect in people with SCI, which could potentially improve their cardiovascular fitness. Further study with a greater number of participants is warranted in this population using a similar training program. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists en
dc.relation.requires CLARITY Research Collection en
dc.relation.requires Public Health, Physiotherapy & Population Science Research Collection en
dc.subject Spinal cord injury en
dc.subject Neuromuscular electrical stimulation en
dc.subject Aerobic Capacity en
dc.subject EMS en
dc.subject.lcsh Electric stimulation en
dc.subject.lcsh Spinal cord--Wounds and injuries--Treatment en
dc.subject.lcsh Cardiovascular system--Diseases--Prevention en
dc.subject.lcsh Exercise therapy en
dc.title The effects of a neuromuscular electrical stimulation training intervention on physiological measures in a spinal cord injured male : a case study en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.internal.availability Full text available en
dc.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.volume 31 en
dc.identifier.issue 2 en
dc.identifier.startpage 30 en
dc.identifier.endpage 35 en
dc.neeo.contributor McCormack|Kirsti|aut| en
dc.neeo.contributor Carty|Amanda|aut| en
dc.neeo.contributor Coghlan|Garrett|aut| en
dc.neeo.contributor Crowe|Louis|aut| en
dc.neeo.contributor Caulfield|Brian|aut| en
dc.description.othersponsorship Enterprise Ireland en
dc.description.othersponsorship BioMedical Research en
dc.description.admin No online version - DG 19/07/10 ti, ke, sp OR 20/8/10 en

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