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SERON, Bruna Barboza et al. Post-exercise hypotension following aerobic and resistance exercises in individuals with spinal cord injury. Rev. educ. fis. UEM [online]. 2014, vol.25, n.1, pp.135-141. ISSN 1983-3083.

The objective of this study was to monitor the post-exercise hypotension (PEH) of five physically active men (28.6±6.2 years old; 57.4±13.2 kg; 1.71±0.04 m; VO2peak: 29.46±4.3 l/kg/min) with thoracic spinal cord injury following aerobic and resistance exercises. First, the participants performed aerobic exercise by pushing their wheelchairs for 30 minutes at an intensity of 50-70% of the heart rate reserve (HRR). After 48-72 hours, the men performed a session of resistance exercises, three sets of 12 repetitionsat 60% intensity. Each participant's blood pressure (BP) was checked at rest and recovery. For the aerobic exercise, PEH registered for the systolic blood pressure (SBP) after 30 minutes of recovery. For the resistance exercise, no PEH was found at any variable. These results convey the importance of aerobic exercise for controlling and reducing BP in individuals with spinal cord injury.

Keywords : Post-exercise hypotension; Physical activity; Spinal cord injury.

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