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Title: Ventilatory requirements of quadriceps resistance training in people with COPD and healthy controls
Authors: Houchen-Wolloff, Linzy
Sandland, Carolyn J.
Harrison, Samantha L.
Menon, Manoj K.
Morgan, Mike Dally
Steiner, Michael Charles
Singh, Sally J.
First Published: 5-Jun-2014
Publisher: Dove Medical Press
Citation: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, 2014, 9, pp. 589-595
Abstract: BACKGROUND: It is proposed that resistance training (RT) does not activate the cardiopulmonary system to the same extent as whole-body exercise. This is important for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who are ventilatory limited. OBJECTIVE: The aim was to assess the ventilatory response to an isokinetic quadriceps RT program in people with COPD and healthy controls. DESIGN: Observational. REGISTRATION NUMBER: ISRCTN22764439. SETTING: Outpatient, university teaching hospital. PARTICIPANTS AND OUTCOME MEASURES: People with COPD (n=14) and healthy controls (n=11) underwent breath-by-breath analysis of their ventilation during an RT session (five sets of 30 maximal knee extensions at 180°/sec). Subjects performed a maximal cycle ergometry test (CET) at baseline. Peak ventilation (VE; L/min) and oxygen consumption (VO2; mL/kg/min) were collected. The same system measured VO2 and VE during the RT session. Parameters are presented as a percentage of the maximal CET. Isokinetic workload, symptom scores, heart rate (HR), and oxygen saturation were documented post-training. RESULTS: People with COPD worked at higher percentages of their maximal capacity than controls (mean range between sets 1-5 for VO2 =49.1%-60.1% [COPD], 45.7%-51.43% [controls] and for VE =57.6%-72.2% [COPD], 49.8%-63.6% [controls]), although this was not statistically significant (P>0.1 in all cases). In absolute terms, the difference between groups was only significant for actual VO2 on set 2 (P<0.05). Controls performed more isokinetic work than patients with COPD (P<0.05). Median Borg symptom scores after RT were the same in both groups (3 breathlessness, 13 exertion), no de-saturation occurred, and both groups were training at ≥65% of their maximum HR. CONCLUSION: No statistically significant differences were found between people with COPD and healthy controls for VO2 and VE achieved during training. The symptoms associated with training were within acceptable limits.
DOI Link: 10.2147/COPD.S59164
ISSN: 1176-9106
eISSN: 1178-2005
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2014 Houchen-Wolloff et al. This work is published by Dove Medical Press Limited, and licensed under Creative Commons Attribution – Non Commercial (unported, v3.0) License. The full terms of the License are available at Non-commercial uses of the work are permitted without any further permission from Dove Medical Press Limited, provided the work is properly attributed. Permissions beyond the scope of the License are administered by Dove Medical Press Limited. Information on how to request permission may be found at:
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