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Intensive Cardiorespiratory Exercise (ICE) to Remediate Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in Active Duty Service Members

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Technical Report,01 Sep 2016,31 Aug 2017

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University of Kansas Center for Research Lawrence United States

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AEx is a well-documented pathway to health and resilience, especially in ADSM. Regular exercise induces positive physiologic and psychological benefits and prevents many of the same chronic illnesses that are linked to mTBI. Exercise has a biologically plausible and temporal relationship with coronary heart disease, atherosclerosis, stroke, type 2 diabetes, some cancers, and all-cause mortality. Three clinical evaluations will be conducted in TBI-R and R at baseline and 6-month follow up for brain MRI, psychological, and comprehensive physical fitness testing. To monitor safety, AEx dynamics, and adherence throughout the intervention, ADSM will perform monthly a standard US Army exercise challenge, the 2-mile run where we will monitor mood, and salivary cortisol in response to the AEx challenge. Depending on an ADSMs performance on the 2-mile run, the interventions prescription for heart rate, distance and duration goals will be increased in a controlled stepwise fashion to meet increasing CR fitness goals.

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  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Psychology

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