Accession Number:

AD0679150

Title:

AN EVALUATION OF A NEW TOTAL BODY ERGOMETER,

Descriptive Note:

Rept. for Aug 67-Feb 68,

Corporate Author:

WILFORD HALL USAF HOSPITAL LACKLAND AFB TEX

Report Date:

1968-08-01

Pagination or Media Count:

11.0

Abstract:

Prolonged space flight will depend upon the availability of some means of exercise that will maintain cardiopulmonary reserves and prevent loss of regional muscle strength. This exercise must be compatible with a weightless environment, the confinement of a space craft, and the personal equipment of its occupants. In order to satisfy these requirements, a total body ergometer was designed which consisted of a horizontal bar that could be moved vertically. The bar was connected to coiled springs and weighted inertial wheels by chain pulleys. Twelve subjects were exercised on the ergometer for three to five minute periods and allowed to rest for five to ten minutes between exercise periods. The bar was moved at a rate of four second cycles. The load was increased progressively by 10 pounds for each period. All subjects were evaluated by treadmill runs for three minutes and they were allowed ten minute rest periods between runs. The bar was moved at a rate of four second cycles. Speed and grade of the treadmill were increased in accordance with the response of the subjects. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods
  • Astronautics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE