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Aerobic Exercise and Blood Biochemical Factors in Spinal Cord Injury

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : July 29, 2016
Last Update Posted : July 29, 2016
National Science Council, Taiwan
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
National Taiwan University Hospital

Brief Summary:


Patients with spinal cord injury (SCI) have a higher prevalence of cardiovascular diseases compared to the healthy population. Aerobic exercise training is one of the recommended treatments. However, literature regarding the effect of aerobic training on patients with SCI is scarce. This study evaluated changes in parameters of exercise physiology and serum myokines immediately after exercise and after a training program among patients with SCI.


Male patients with SCI and age- and sex-matched healthy individuals were recruited. Cardio-pulmonary exercise testing (CPET) was used to determine oxygen uptake at peak exercise and anaerobic threshold in both groups. The patients with SCI attended aerobic exercise training for 36 sessions within 12-16 weeks. Basic data, hemodynamic and exercise physiology parameters, and serum myokine (myostatin, insulin like growth factor, and follistatin) concentrations were measured pre- and post-exercise in both groups, and were repeated in patients with SCI post-training.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Spinal Cord Injury Other: aerobic exercise training Not Applicable

Detailed Description:
The patients with SCI were invited to undergo a 12- to 16-week exercise training by arm ergometry. The exercise physiology and measurements of hemodynamic parameters and cytokines were repeated after completion of the training.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 32 participants
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Basic Science
Official Title: Effect of Aerobic Exercise Training on the Blood Biochemical Factors and Peripheral Hemodynamics in Person With Spinal Cord Injury
Study Start Date : August 2010
Actual Primary Completion Date : July 2013
Actual Study Completion Date : July 2013

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Spinal cord injury
Cardio-pulmonary exercise testing and aerobic exercise training
Other: aerobic exercise training
aerobic exercise training for 36 sessions within 12-16 weeks

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. serum myokines [ Time Frame: 12-16 weeks ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   20 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Male
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • age >20 years, male sex, and onset of injury more than one year

Exclusion Criteria:

  • known heart disease, atrial fibrillation/flutter, ventricular bigeminy, active inflammatory disease, malignancy, and cardiac pacemakers

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Responsible Party: National Taiwan University Hospital Identifier: NCT02850133     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 201007031R
First Posted: July 29, 2016    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: July 29, 2016
Last Verified: July 2016
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: Yes
Plan Description: The study is registered in publicly accessible site.
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Spinal Cord Injuries
Wounds and Injuries
Spinal Cord Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Trauma, Nervous System