T. Colburn, B. Menti, C. Smith, C. Robinson

Lewis-Clark State College, Lewiston, Idaho

The Bio-Electro-Magnetic-Energy-Regulation (BEMER) pad is a relatively new piece of technology. Currently, the technology is primarily used in physical vascular therapy, but many studies have been done to expand the scope of the BEMER pad. For example, one study has shown positive effects of the BEMER pad in the reduction of cancer cells during chemotherapy. Other studies have found positive results using the BEMER technology to increase circulation and oxygen saturation levels. PURPOSE: To determine if the BEMER pad is a viable tool to improve aerobic performance in elite athletes, as well as the general population. METHODS: The participants will be randomly assigned between a placebo group and a BEMER pad treatment group. Both groups will lay on the BEMER pad, however the pad will be turned off for the placebo group. All participants will undergo a pre-test and post-test. Both tests will be a sub-maximal V02max test on the treadmill. The tests will end once the lactate threshold is reached and participants will complete a gradual cool down. Once the pre-test is completed, the participants will be asked to complete ten consecutive days of BEMER treatments or placebo treatments lasting 10 minutes for each session. Following the ten days of treatment post-test will be performed and the lactate threshold will be calculated again. The pre-test and post-test data will then be compared to determine if there is greater positive correlation between the BEMER treatment group and lactate threshold when compared to the placebo group. In addition to lactate threshold, we will be recording blood pressure, heart rate, 02 saturation, respiratory exchange ratio (RER), and ventilatory threshold. These variables will also be compared between the pre-test and the post-test. The data for this study is currently being collected and results are pending.

This study is being supported by an Idaho HURC grant and Lewis-Clark State College Division of Movement and Sport Sciences.

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