Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative condition characterized by muscle tremors, rigidity and dyskinesis leading to balance and gait abnormalities that could alter physiologic responses during exercise. Locomotion on an aquatic treadmill (ATM) or anti-gravity treadmill (AGTM) may be a safe alternative to exercise on a traditional land treadmill (LTM) in those with PD. PUPROSE: To determine the acute cardiovascular and metabolic responses to three different modes of treadmill exercise in older adults diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. METHODS: Eight adults diagnosed with PD (68 ± 3 years of age) completed one exercise session on an LTM, one session on an ATM, and one session on an AGTM at 50% body weight. Participants walked from 1 to 3 mph in 0.5 mph increments at 0% grade during each exercise session. Heart rate (HR), energy expenditure (EE), systolic blood pressure (SBP), and diastolic blood pressure (DBP) were measured at rest and during steady-state exercise at each speed on each treadmill. Rate of perceived exertion was also measured during steady-state exercise. Rate pressure product (RPP) was calculated. RESULTS: All variables, with the exception of DBP, increased as speed increased across all treadmill modes (p < 0.001). Between treadmill modes across all speeds, EE was statistically different (p = 0.025). There was a significant interaction effect for mode and speed for HR (p < 0.001) and RPP (p = 0.003). At all speeds except 1.5 mph, HR was higher on the LTM versus the AGTM (p < 0.05). CONCLUSION: Exercising on an ATM or an AGTM elicits similar physiologic responses to exercise on an LTM in adults with PD
Levine, Nicholas A.; Rigby, Brandon R.; Davis, Ron; Becker, Kevin; Nichols, David L. Ph.D., FACSM; Avalos, Marco; Goudy, Leah; Moo, Patricia; Frederick, Cecil; Patterson, Desiree; Robuck, Mitchell; Guerin, Gena D.; Codish, Kristen A.; Beck, Karrie; Reyes, Georgette; Patino, Doris; and De La Cruz, Brenda
"Acute Cardiovascular and Metabolic Responses to Three Modes of Treadmill Exercise in Older Adults with Parkinson’s Disease,"
International Journal of Exercise Science: Conference Proceedings: Vol. 2:
9, Article 72.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.wku.edu/ijesab/vol2/iss9/72