An Integrated Musculoskeletal Countermeasure Battery for Long-Duration Lunar Missions
- Funk, J.
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- Frassetto, L. A., Streeper, T. S., Lang, T. F., Mulavara, A. P., Grodsinsky, C. M., Sibonga, J. D., Lee, S. M. C., Bloomberg, J. J., Carpenter, R. D., Hanson, A. M., Saeed, I. H., and Cavanagh, P. R.
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- During extended periods of skeletal unloading, losses in strength and density of the proximal femur will occur. In long-duration spaceflight, resistive exercise is used to replace the normal loads exerted on the spine and hip. At the present time, there is no conclusive evidence that hip bone loss has been prevented in this scenario. Our group has recently developed and clinically evaluated a multifunctional exercise system, the Combined Countermeasure Device (CCD). The CCD comprises a low-footprint Stuart Platform for lower-body resistance exercise and balance training, and a cardiovascular exercise bicycle. A consideration for resistance exercise was targeting of the hip abductor and adductor muscles, which attach directly at the hip and which should subject it to the largest loads. In our training study, we found that CCD exercise increased hip adductor and abductor strength, and modeling results suggest that this exercise exerts forces on the hip of approx. 4-6 body weights at 1g, compared to forces of approx.2.5 body weight y squatting exercise. In our current study, we hypothesize that abductor and adductor exercise will increase the density and strength of the proximal femur.
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- Document ID: 20110023244., JSC-CN-25294., and 2012 NASA Human Research Program Investigators' Workshop; 14-16 Feb. 2012; Houston, TX; United States.
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