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The Primary Motor Cortex and Locomotion

Supraspinal motor regions are quite active in humans during locomotion.45,46 In electro-physiologic studies of the cat, motoneurons in M1 discharge modestly during locomotion over a flat surface under constant sensory conditions. The cells increase their discharges when a task requires more accurate foot placement, e.g., for walking along a horizontally positioned ladder, compared to overground or treadmill locomotion. Changing the trajectory of the limbs to step over obstacles also increases cortical output.47 As expected, then, Ml is needed for precise, integrated movements. from steady walking, during either the stance or swing phase of gait as needed. These neurons may be especially important for flexor control of the leg. A pyramidal tract lesion or lesion within the leg representation after an anterior cerebral artery distribution infarct almost always affects foot dorsiflexion and, as a consequence, the gait pattern. Transcranial magnetic stimulation studies in man show greater...

Rationales for gait retraining

The hips, during the practice of stepping. Following a low thoracic spinal cord transection, cats and rats have been trained to step with their hindlimbs on a moving treadmill belt with support for the sagging trunk. Pulling down on their tails or a noxious input enhances hindlimb loading in extension. The animals are not as successful walking over ground. Training-induced adaptations within the cord in these animal models point to the potential of plasticity induced by rehabilitation to lead to behavioral gains. It seems likely that a network of locomotor spinal motoneu-rons and interneurons has been conserved in humans (Dimitrijevic et al., 1998), along with other forms of spinal organization (Lemay and Grill, 2004) that increase the flexibility of supraspinal regions to control hindlimb and lower extremity movements.

Outcome measures for clinical care

Functional neuroimaging may serve to reveal the nodes of the supraspinal networks that are engaged over the course of a training intervention. For example, near-infrared spectroscopy has assessed changes in M1S1 and premotor cortex that contribute to improved motor control during walking on a treadmill (Miyai et al., 2003). Using an ankle dorsiflexion fMRI activation paradigm, changes over time of gait training can be shown after SCI, stroke, and in children after hemispherectomy for epilepsy (Dobkin, 2000b Dobkin et al., 2004 de Bode et al., 2005). These techniques may provide insight into the optimal duration of an intervention and the effects of medications on cortical representational plasticity. Ankle dorsiflexion or other active and passive leg movements may also be of value in discerning the completeness of a SCI and in determining the functional effects of a subcortical or spinal neural repair strategy.

Potential of Exercise to Attenuate Age Related Mitochondrial Dysfunction

In response to a bout of exercise, total oxygen consumption is increased by 10- to 15-fold in skeletal muscle and can ultimately result in an elevation in ROS production 135 . It has also been shown that the rate of production of ROS from muscle mitochondria from exercised rats was increased when compared to rested animals 120,136 . Several lines of evidence support the fact that exercise may be beneficial in attenuating an aging-induced ROS imbalance. Old animals that were submitted to an 8-week treadmill exercise program, or 1 year of swimming, were found to have reduced oxida-tive damage compared to untrained old rats, notably due to alterations in antioxidant defenses 137,138 . At the mitochondrial level, recent work from Leeuwenburgh's group has reported a 10 decrease in mitochondri-al hydrogen peroxide production 139 in animals resulting from lifelong voluntary wheel running. This may occur through the exercise-induced increase in mitochondrial content, a better redistribution...

Cardiomyocyte Dimensions and Contractile Function

Training-induced elongation of left ventricular cardiomyocytes occurs in the absence of changes in sarcomere length 45 and the changes in cardiac contractile function induced by endurance training are due in part to cardiomyocyte length-independent changes in contractile function. Several lines of evidence support this notion. Schaible and Scheuer 46, 47 demonstrated that treadmill training increased end-diastolic volume, stroke work, ejection fraction, and midwall fractional shortening in the absence of changes in end-diastolic wall stress in perfused working rat hearts. Furthermore, isometric force development by rat left ventricular papillary muscle maintained at optimal length is increased by endurance training 48-50 . Recently, Diffee and Chung 51 showed that training increased the velocity of loaded shortening and increased peak power output in the

Myofilament Calcium Sensitivity

An additional mechanism for the increased contractile force in the car-diomyocyte is that exercise training may result in an increase in the sensitivity of the myofilaments to activation by Ca2+. An increase in Ca2+ sensitivity would result in a greater isometric tension generation at the same intracellular Ca2+ level. In healthy rats, treadmill running induces an increased cardiomyocyte sensitivity to Ca2+, both in intact 44,45 and per-meabilized 44,51,63 cardiomyocytes, with more pronounced changes in endocardial than epicardial cardiomyocytes 64 . There are also indications that permeabilized cardiomyocytes from trained hearts are less affected by low pH at constant Ca2+ than sedentary counterparts 43,44 . As previously reported 65 , low pH decreases and alkaline pH increases myofilament shortening in cardiomyocytes from sedentary and trained cardiomyocytes. In an analogous way to intracellular Ca2+, this indicates that a component of the enhanced cardiomyocyte contractility could...

Your Visit to the Cardiologist

The test often used to detect coronary artery disease is the treadmill exercise stress test. In some cases, a simple exercise test is performed in which the patient is monitored by an electrocardiogram during a walk on a treadmill that will increase its speed and slope until either a target heart rate is reached or a symptom or elec-trocardiographic finding worthy of discontinuation of the test results. In more complicated situations, including an abnormal resting electrocardiogram or poor specificity of treadmill testing in a subgroup population (such as in women, for whom the test is not as accurate), a nuclear or echocardiographic study may be added. If you are unable to exercise or walk on a treadmill, there are drugs that may be given (dipyri-damole, adenosine, or dobuta-mine) that will enhance abnormalities in coronary blood flow so that they can be imaged with nuclear or echocardio-graphic techniques.

Plasticity in Spinal Locomotor Circuits

The cat's deafferented spinal cord below a low thoracic transection can generate alternating flexor and extensor muscle activity a few hours after surgery when DOPA or clonidine are administered intravenously or when the dorsal columns or dorsal roots are continuously stimulated. This is called fictive locomotion. Several weeks after a complete lower thoracic spinal cord transection without deafferenta-tion, adult cats and other mammals have been trained on a treadmill so that their paralyzed hindlimbs fully support their weight, rhythmically step, and adjust their walking speed to that of the treadmill belt in a manner that is similar to normal locomotion.375,376 Postural support alone is detrimental to subsequent locomotion, whereas rhythmic alternating movements of the limbs with joint loading seems critical to the recovery of locomotor output.377 Serotonergic and noradrenergic drugs enhance the stepping pattern378 and strychnine, through a glycinergic path, quickly induces it in...

Ergogenic Effects Of Vitamin E

It has been postulated that ROS may stimulate cytokine production at the level of the skeletal muscle in response to exercise and that vitamin E supplementation may attenuate this stress response.86 The few studies examining the effects of vitamin E supplementation on exercise-stimulated cytokine production have generated mixed results. Singh et al.87 reported that vitamin E supplementation (400 IU for 4 days) had no effect on the cytokine response to 1.5 h of treadmill running. Similarly, two weeks of supplementation with antioxidants (400 mg vitamin E and 500 mg vitamin C) had no apparent effect on exercise-induced inflammation following a 1.5 h run.31 While both of these studies were carried out in trained subjects, in a group of untrained subjects, Niess et al.82 reported that vitamin E supplementation (500 IU for 8 days) had no effect on the cytokine response to 30 min of exhaustive treadmill running.

Ethical and scientific monitoring of ongoing trials

The treadmill into which those who have assumed responsibility for preparing and maintaining Cochrane Reviews have stepped is proving a substantial challenge to many of them, and to the Cochrane Collaboration more generally (see Chapter 26). Indeed, efficient maintenance of the reviews published in The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews is becoming the main challenge facing the Cochrane Collaboration, and seems likely to remain so. As the editor of the BMJ has noted, the dynamic nature of Cochrane reviews also creates knock-on challenges for more traditional forms of publication.61

Interventions for retraining gait

Body weight-supported treadmill training (BWSTT) is partially derived from treadmill training experiments on spinal transected animals and CPGs (Barbeau, 2003). It also provides task-oriented, massed practice under more optimal conditions for managing weight bearing and walking speed (Dobkin, 1999 Sullivan Treadmill training body weight support

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Transplant Rectum

Pancreatic transplantation is currently reserved for those patients with IDDM who have undetectable C-peptide levels. Patients with adult-onset diabetes with insulin resistance are excluded. Candidates must also have adequate physiologic reserve to tolerate the operation. Because patients with diabetes commonly suffer from subclinical coronary artery disease and are often unable to reach a diagnostic level of cardiovascular stress during a treadmill test, the standard practice at our institution is to perform dobutamine echocardiograms on all potential candidates. If patients have wall motion abnormalities after dobutamine infusion or lack of a normal hyperdynamic response to dobutamine, a coronary arteriogram is performed before patients are considered candidates for pancreatic transplantation. Patients must also demonstrate a good history of compliance with medical regimens and an understanding of the risks involved, the need for long-term immunosuppression, and the complications of...

Consequences of Sleep Deprivation

In contrast to vigilance tasks, a controlled study of 11 male subjects showed that up to 60 hours of sleep loss did not significantly impair physical performance testing, including isometric and isokinetic muscular strength and endurance, and cardiovascular and respiratory responses to treadmill running (24). Military studies have also shown that physical performance remains relatively unaffected in spite of severe sleep restriction (0-3 hours of sleep) for up to nine days (25,26).

Nicotinic Acid And Substrate Availabilityperformance

Jenkins16 followed the work of Carlson et al.12 to determine the metabolic response after nicotinic acid ingestion on a treadmill at 3.5 mph and 10 grade for either 1.5 h (n 2) or 2.5 h (n 1). Compared with the control exercise session, the session with prior ingestion of 200 mg of nicotinic acid showed significantly lower plasma FFA levels and a significantly higher RER. Unlike the Carlson12 study, Jenkins16 reported an increase with blood glucose after the nicotinic acid ingestion, which he speculated was caused indirectly by the drop in FFA. There is little question that the administration of large doses of nicotinic acid has an adverse effect on fat utilization. This decrease in availability of lipid fuel sources could have a negative impact on lower-intensity exercise, where the contribution from fat sources is considerable. One of the intriguing aspects of this line of research is the relationship between beneficial effects of pharmacologic doses of niacin on cholesterol...

Exercise Induced Improvements in Maximal Oxygen Uptake

In contrast to many studies 46, 47, 70, 71 we find that regular exercise training induces a substantial increase in VO2max in the rat-treadmill-model VO2max increases on average 10 per week until it levels off after 6-8 weeks of exercise training 42, 43, 72 . This is likely a result of the high aerobic intensity of the training regimen. Differences in training response reported in the literature are probably due to different training regimens used and or insufficient control of relative exercise intensity. The load required to produce a training effect has to increase as the performance improves during the course of training 8 . The training load should, therefore, be set relative to the level of fitness of the individual. Christensen 73 demonstrated, in humans, the need for a gradual increase in training load with improved performance, in the case of the effect on heart rate, as early as 1931. He observed that regular endurance training at a given exercise rate gradually lowered the...

Effects Of Selenium On Athletic Performance

The only human study in which subjects were in less than optimal Se status was conducted by Edwards et al.69 Subjects also had intermittent claudication in addition to altered Se status. Edwards and co-workers69 evaluated the effects of treadmill exercise on patients with intermittent claudication due to peripheral vascular disease, and normal controls. Subjects with intermittent claudication were found to have significantly lower plasma Se and GSHPx activity levels than in the 19 control subjects. A group of 11 patients with intermittent claudication and seven controls participated in a treadmill exercise test. Neutrophils were noted to be significantly higher in patients with claudication and these were further elevated by the exercise. Plasma thromboxane, an indicator of platelet activation, and Von Willebrand's factor, a marker of endothelial injury, were also higher in patients with claudication than in controls and both were increased 15 min after exercise in claudicants and...

Copper and Mitochondrial Oxidative Stress

Mitochondria may be a major source of the ROS that become elevated in muscle during exercise. As discussed above, mitochondria convert about 1-5 of the oxygen consumed by the electron transport chain to superoxide. During exercise, oxygen consumption by muscle cells increases substantially, and if the percentage of oxygen that is converted to superoxide remains the same, mitochondrial superoxide generation will increase. However, the experimental evidence for increased mitochondrial ROS production during exercise is problematic. No significant increases in the rate of ROS production were detected in mitochondria isolated from the deep vastus lateralis muscle in rats following acute exercise when dichloroflourescin oxidation was measured under conditions promoting state 4 respiration.98 Also, H2O2 production in intermyofibrillar mitochondria and subsarcolemmal mitochondria isolated from oxidative muscle of rats was not affected by voluntary wheel running.101 However, the stress of...

Inherited Low Maximal Oxygen Uptake Cardiovascular Risk Profile and Metabolic Syndrome

A specific aim of our research has been to determine whether rats selected on the basis of low versus high intrinsic exercise performance also differed in VO2max, mitochondrial oxidativepathways, and cardiovascular risk factors linked to the metabolicsyndrome.After eleven generations of selective breeding based upon aerobic treadmill running, contrasting rat lines of Low Capacity Runners (LCR) and High Capacity Runners (HCR) were obtained 66, 67 . HCR were superior to the LCR for distance run to exhaustion (347 ) and VO2max (60 ). LCR demonstrated a cluster of risk factors for cardiovascular disease, i.e., higher levels of factors such as body mass, visceral adiposity, blood pressure, insulin, glucose, free fatty acids, and triglycerides. This risk profile resembles the metabolic syndrome as described in humans 66 thus, the LCR rat model serves as an experimental model for this condition that is not based upon single-gene, chemical, or physical manipulation, but on artificial...

Preoperative Evaluation

The initial step is a thorough history and physical exam. In order to determine whether the patient can tolerate major abdominal surgery, particular attention should be given to the pulmonary and cardiovascular systems . A chest x-ray should be performed to look for pulmonary pathology. A chest film might also show lesions suspicious for metastatic disease which would then prompt further evaluation with a chest CT scan. If a patient smokes, every effort should be undertaken to encourage smoking cessation preoperatively. In the setting of severe pulmonary disease, an extensive evaluation including pulmonary function tests and arterial blood gas analysis may be needed to help determine if the patient is a reasonable surgical candidate. Any history of angina or known coronary artery disease should be sought. At a minimum, a preoperative EKG should be obtained. This will serve as a baseline and might possibly uncover unknown cardiac problems. In certain circumstances, further noninvasive...

Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing In Children And Adolescents

In adult practice, exercise testing has largely focused on the evaluation of symptoms of ischaemic heart disease. Only a small subgroup of children have congenital or acquired reasons to suspect myocardial ischaemia (Kawasaki disease, cardiac surgery to the coronary arteries). Another subgroup of children may require investigation to assess inducible arrhythmia, including inherited arrhythmia syndromes such as Long QT and Brugada syndromes. There are numerous published protocols for exercise testing, dependent on the information required. Each laboratory should be accustomed to employing a variety of protocols and be aware of reasons for choice. For detection of inducible ischaemia, a rapid ramping maximal treadmill protocol, such as the Bruce protocol, is commonly employed. Arrhythmia provocation is best tested using the equivalent of shuttle runs rapid escalation of exercise to maximum heart rate in a repetitive manner. The majority of children with congenital or acquired heart...

Utilization and Validation of Animal Models

Most skeletal countermeasures that have been employed to date have involved some form of mechanical loading, such as treadmill exercise, with or without bungee cords, or resistance exercise. These generally have been unsuccessful. Probably the best hope for a successful intervention lies in a program that replicates or at least approaches normal gravitational force. Compatible with a Strategy report recommendation, two countermeasure projects have been conducted. An ARC program has developed a prototype positive pressure device that permits establishment of regional areas of increased gravitational loading for individuals in a microgravity environment. Results of a recent JSC study show that a combination of heavy resistance exercise plus a bisphosphonate can attenuate bone loss in humans subjected to bed rest. Effective collaborations are maintained with local universities to continue this work. An additional approach could involve administration of newly developed drugs and...

Central Pattern Generation

The definitive experiment to show the presence of a CPG would require isolation of the lumbar cord from supraspinal and segmental afferent inputs. Thus, only indirect evidence is possible. Striking similarities between humans and other animals weigh in favor of pattern generation in both.176 Clinical studies of people with SCI have described spontaneous alternating flexion and extension movements of the legs. In a remarkably detailed evaluation of patients with operative verification of complete versus incomplete transection after traumatic SCI, Riddoch could not elicit rhythmic flexion-extension movements below complete thoracic lesions. He found almost exclusively a flexor response to cutaneous stimulation.177 Reflexive extension followed by flexion was found in patients with partial preservation of anatomical continuity. In another study, however, subjects with operative verification of complete transection after traumatic SCI reported spontaneous slow, irregular alternating...


Figure 3.2 shows a quantitative gait analysis in a normal subject for the timing and amplitude of elec-tromyographic (EMG) activation of muscle groups (3.2a), the ground reaction forces elicited (3.2b), and the joint angles at the hip, knee, and ankle (3.2c) during the step cycle (Dobkin, 2003a). Surface and wire electrodes are used for EMG data. Electrogoniometers, computerized video analysis with joint markers, and electromagnetic field motion analysis will reveal the kinematics in two or three dimensions. Kinetics are measured by a force plate in the ground or embedded in a treadmill, as well as by a load cell embedded in a shoe. Energy cost is also measurable by oxygen consumption studies. These procedures take considerable expertise, time, and equipment to perform and analyze. The numerous variables collected and their interactions demand special statistical and


The surface on which an athlete participates may also have an effect on stress fractures. It has been implied that the more rigid the surface, the greater the risk for stress injury. In turn, a change in the running surface may have a significant effect on symptoms. For instance, a change from asphalt to a well-cushioned treadmill may allow the runner to maintain his or her mileage while reducing symptoms. Several studies however, have reported that hard surfaces are not associated with an increased risk of overuse injury 24-27 . In addition, Voloshin 28 studied the ability of different surfaces to absorb shock. He reported the opposite of what one might expect, noting that a grass surface absorbed less shock than an asphalt surface. From this evidence, one can extrapolate that the stress delivered to the bone is not just a product of ground reaction forces but a result of combined forces including those generated through muscle contraction. At present, the literature does not provide...

Spinal Cord

Input to central pattern generators includes local sensory input and descending input from the brain stem via the reticulospinal pathways. Locomotion in spinal animals or fictive locomotion (rhythmical firing of motor neurons innervating limbs in the isolated spinal cord in vitro) can be induced by brain stem stimulation, sensory input, and treatment with monoamines (L-dopa and clonidine) in vivo and by treatment with excitatory amino acids in vitro. Spinal locomotion can be modified by sensory input and level of electrical or chemical stimulation. For example, progression from a slow walk to a trot to a gallop can be induced by increasing the speed of the treadmill on which the animal stands or by increasing the amount of electrical excitation of brain stem locomotor regions. In the isolated spinal cord, central pattern generators are adaptable to a limited degree based on peripheral sensory input. The limb that encounters an obstacle is reflexly lifted higher to clear the obstacle....

Locomotor Functions

These brain stem locomotor regions are affected by a variety of neurologic diseases. Patients with Parkinson's disease and progressive supranuclear palsy lose neurons in the pedun-culopontine nucleus. Their gait deviations include difficulty in the initiation and rhythmic-ity of walking. In a case report, a patient who suffered a small hemorrhagic stroke in the dorsal pontomesencephalic region on the right abruptly lost the ability to stand and generate anything but irregular, shuffling steps while supported, despite the absence of paresis and ataxia.140 Patients with infarcts in this locomotor region can be retrained to walk on a treadmill, which engrains the initiation and maintenance of stepping.

Locomotor Networks

Positron emission tomography,45 SPECT,215 and near-infrared spectroscopy46 can be carried out in association with walking on a treadmill. Supine rest was compared to 30 minutes of treadmill walking after injection with a flu-orodeoxyglucose tracer and placing the subject back into the scanner. Cerebral activity for glucose increased bilaterally in the cerebellar ver-mis and the bilateral occipital cortex and para-median BA 3, 4, 6 (including the SMA), 40 and 43. This activity presumably reflects the inte gration of visual and somatosensory information with motor activity in the leg region for motor control during rather rhythmic stepping. In some studies, the anterior cingulate and prefrontal cortices are active, perhaps especially in relation to the rhythmic movement and attention needed for treadmill locomotion. When normal subjects imagine doing locomotive leg movements while supine, functional imaging reveals significant increases in activation in the SMA and leg region of the...


Exercise is conveniently studied on a treadmill or stationary bicycle. As work rate (or power) is increased, oxygen uptake increases linearly (Figure 9-1A). However, above a certain work rate, Vq, becomes constant this is known as the Vo,max. An increase in work rate above this level can occur only through anaerobic glycolysis.

Trace Elements

Selenium, a constituent of glutathione peroxidase, functions as an antioxidant and may protect tissues from the oxidative stress induced by exercise. Selenium and vitamin E function as synergistic antioxidants the same is true for selenium and ascorbic acid. No differences in pre- and 120-h post-race glutathione peroxidase activities were observed in trained athletes however, erythrocytes were more susceptible to hydrogen peroxide-induced peroxidation after the race than before. Athletes given 100 to 240 g selenium daily had decreased oxidative damage after exercise according to several studies however, another study indicated that time to exhaustion on a treadmill was not influenced by the supplementation. Virtually no research has been conducted comparing the effects of the various forms of selenium on exercise measurements some of the forms of selenium are less toxic than others. Selenium supplementation is not recommended at levels much above the RDAs because of the toxicities...

Diagnosing a Problem

Technetium Heart Scan

To perform this test, the patient is asked to walk on a treadmill while symptoms, electrocardiogram, and blood pressure are monitored. If the working heart's demand for blood is greater than the amount the coronary arteries can supply, the electrocardiogram may become abnormal, telling the doctor which areas of the heart are not getting enough blood, or are ischemic. Patients might develop angina during the test, which often correlates with changes in the electrocardiogram. Other variables, such as blood pressure and heart rate changes, can occur during the ECG exercise stress test. These might lead a physician to suspect coronary artery disease. The exercise echocardiogram is another type of stress test. This test combines exercise and echocardiogram pictures to show the contraction of the heart. After a resting test is performed, the patient is asked to walk on a treadmill. The results of this test are compared with the resting echocardiogram. Thallium scanning is usually done in...

Extrinsic Factors

The surface on which an athlete trains may also contribute to the risk of stress fracture. Theoretically, training on uneven surfaces could increase the risk of stress fracture by causing increased muscle fatigue and redistributing the load to bone. Hard or less compliant surfaces, such as cement, could also increase stress fracture risk through higher mechanical forces being transmitted to bone during impact. It is difficult to control for and quantify training surface in observational or prospective studies however, a correlation has been demonstrated in some studies 21,33 , whereas other studies have shown no effect 20,23 . One small study found that treadmill runners were at a lower risk for developing tibial stress fracture but were also less likely to achieve tibial bone strengthening than overground runners 33 .

Run for Your Life The Health Benefits Of Treadmills

Run for Your Life The Health Benefits Of Treadmills

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