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Cybercycling for Cognitive Health

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01167400
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : July 22, 2010
Last Update Posted : September 5, 2014
Sponsor:
Collaborator:
Skidmore College
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Cay Anderson-Hanley, Union College, New York

Brief Summary:
Exercise has been linked to cognitive health, but few older adults exercise at recommended levels. Cybercycling may provide additional cognitive benefits due to increased motivation to ride the interactive 3D tours. Participants will be randomly assigned to three months of either cybercycling or traditional stationary biking; and they will complete comprehensive evaluations before and after exercise. Older adults are expected to show significant neuropsychological, physiological and behavioral gains.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Cognitive Ability, General Behavioral: Cybercycling Behavioral: Traditional exercise Not Applicable

Detailed Description:
The purpose of this study is to test the following hypotheses: (1) stationary cycling with virtual reality tours ("cybercyle") will enhance executive function and clinical status more than traditional exercise; (2) exercise effort will explain improvement; and (3) brain-derived neurotrophic growth factor (BDNF) will increase.

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 63 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Cybercycling for Older Adults: Neuropsychological, Physiological and Behavioral Effects
Study Start Date : July 2008
Actual Primary Completion Date : August 2010
Actual Study Completion Date : August 2010

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Cybercycling
cybercycling for 3 months
Behavioral: Cybercycling
exercising on a videogame-enhanced interactive 3D stationary bicycle for 3 months, 3-5x/wk
Other Names:
  • Netathalon
  • Expresso

Active Comparator: Traditional Stationary Biking
Traditional exercise on a stationary bike for 3 months.
Behavioral: Traditional exercise
exercising on a traditional stationary bike for 3 months, 3-5x/wk
Other Name: Tunturi




Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Change in cognitive function after three months of exercise. [ Time Frame: 3 months ]
    Cognitive function, especially executive function, will be assessed before and after three months of either cybercycling or traditional exercise biking. Neuropsychological tests will assess: cognitive flexibility and simultaneous processing(i.e., Stroop, Digits Backwards, and Trails Difference Score).


Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Weight [ Time Frame: 3 months ]
    Weight and other physiological factors will be assessed before and after 3 months of exercise.



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Ages Eligible for Study:   50 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • age 50+
  • able to participate in cycling
  • physician permission

Exclusion Criteria:

  • unstable heart condition
  • physician denial
  • neurological condition

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT01167400


Locations
United States, New York
Beltrone Living Center
Colonie, New York, United States, 12222
Highpointe Apartments
Malta, New York, United States, 12065
Glen Eddy
Niskayuna, New York, United States, 12308
Prestwick Chase
Saratoga Springs, New York, United States, 12866
Wesley Health Care (Woodlawn and Embury)
Saratoga Springs, New York, United States, 12866
Westview Apartments
Saratoga Springs, New York, United States, 12866
Kingsway Village
Schenectady, New York, United States, 12308
Schaffer Heights
Schenectady, New York, United States, 12308
Sponsors and Collaborators
Union College, New York
Skidmore College
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Cay Anderson-Hanley, PhD Union College
Principal Investigator: Paul Arciero, DPE Skidmore College

Publications of Results:
Responsible Party: Cay Anderson-Hanley, Associate Professor, Union College, New York
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01167400     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: HS1259
64449 ( Other Grant/Funding Number: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation )
First Posted: July 22, 2010    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: September 5, 2014
Last Verified: September 2014

Keywords provided by Cay Anderson-Hanley, Union College, New York:
exercise
executive function
older adults