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Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise:
doi: 10.1249/01.MSS.0000401815.65515.14
E-23 Free Communication/Poster - Cardiac: JUNE 3, 2011 7:30 AM - 12:30 PM: ROOM: Hall B

Effects of Neck Upright Stability Training on Heart Rate Variability of the Adult Women: 2423: Board #31 June 3 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Kuo, Chien-Sheng1; Lai, Cheng-Hsiu R.N. Ph.D.1; Huang, Chien-Che1; Cheng, Pi-Hua1; Kuo, Chia-Hua Ph.D.1; Chou, Shih-Wei M.D. Ph.D.2

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1Taipei Physical Education College, Taipei, Taiwan. 2Chang Gung University, Taoyuan, Taiwan. (Sponsor: Dr. John L. Ivy, FACSM)

Email: jensonkuo1975@gmail.com

(No relationships reported)

PURPOSE: To evaluate the effects of neck upright stability training on autonomic nervous activities of the middle aged and elderly women.

METHODS: We recruited 60 active female subjects from a senior club without past history of major neck injuries. The subjects were randomly assigned into two groups, experimental and control. Thirty two subjects, 16 of each group, finished a 4-week training program. The experimental group practiced neck upright stability training for four weeks, 3 times a week, and the control group did a control exercise. Resting heart rate variability (HRV) was measured for 5 minutes in a supine position by WG-MD-ANSA-01 (Tatung Co., Taipei, Taiwan) before and after the training program. Data were reduced and represented as percentages of change, which were tested by the independent t test (Spss12.0). Thealevel was set at 0.05 and p < 0.05 was considered to be statistically significant.

RESULTS: No significant difference in demographic data was noted between two groups. The ANA parameters include TP, VLFp, LFp, HFp, RRI, LF:HF, LFnu % and HFnu %. Significant differences between two groups were found only in percentages of change in LFp.

CONCLUSION: Neck upright stability training may increase the autonomic nervous activity of the middle- aged and elderly women, especially on SNA (sympathetic nervous activity). Clinical significance shall be studied further.Key words: HRV, ANA, Neck training.

© 2011 American College of Sports Medicine

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