Effect of maximal arm exercise on skin blood flux in the paralyzed lower limbs in persons with spinal cord injury

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Abstract

The purpose of the present study was to examine the effect of maximal arm exercise on the skin blood circulation of the paralyzed lower limbs in persons with spinal cord injury (PSCI). Eight male PSCI with complete lesions located between T3 and L1 performed graded maximal arm-cranking exercise (MACE) to exhaustion. The skin blood flux at the thigh (SBFT) and that at the calf (SBFC) were monitored using laser-Doppler flowmeter at rest and for 15 s immediately after the MACE. The subject's mean peak oxygen uptake and peak heart rate was 1.41 ± 0.22 l·min-1 and 171.6 ± 19.2 beats·min-1, respectively. No PSCI showed any increase in either SBFT or SBFC after the MACE, when compared with the values at rest. These results suggest that the blood circulation of the skin in the paralyzed lower limbs in PSCI is unaffected by the MACE.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)481-483
Number of pages3
JournalEuropean Journal of Applied Physiology and Occupational Physiology
Volume74
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1996
Externally publishedYes

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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