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RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGICAL RESPONSES AND COGNITIVE PERFORMANCE IN MIDDLE-AGED AND ELDERLY MEN

DANUCALOV, M. A.D.; SANTOS, R. F.; MARQUEZ, L. C.; NOUAILHETAS, V. L.A.; GALDUROZ, J. C.F.; CARLINI, E. A.; SILVA, A. C.

Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise: May 1999 - Volume 31 - Issue 5 - p S386
Annual Meeting Abstracts

FEDERAL UNIVERSITY OF SAO PAULO (UNIFESP/EPM), SAO PAULO, BRAZIL

    Abstract 1982

    It is known that physically fit elderly adults experience less profound declines in cognitive performance. We investigated the correlation between metabolic and ventilatory parameters and cognitive tests. Thirty-six males volunteers, 50-75 years old, divided into (A) whole group, N=36, (B) athletes, N=16, (C) non-athletes, N=20, (D) athletes plus non-athletes >61 years old, N=18, and (E) athletes plus non-athletes < 60, N=18, were submitted to cognitive tests (Toulouse-Pieron-Factor P, Wechsler Memory Scale-R, Raven's Matrices) and a bicycle maximal spiroergometric test. Data were collected by Vista CX Metabolic Cart and analysed by Turbofit Software. Good and excellent statistically significant relationships (Pearson's and Spearman's correlation tests; P<0.05) were observed in all groups, except in group A. Considering aerobic fitness indexes, we verified that in group B correlation between VO2max X Wechsler Memory Scale (AP-4) was good (r=0.66). In group D, correlations between ventilatory anaerobic threshold (L/ min) X Wechsler Memory Scale (mental control) and ventilatory anaerobic threshold (%VO2max) X mental control were 0.82 and 0.78, respectively. These results strongly suggest a relationship between physical fitness and cognitive functions in middle-aged and elderly adults. However, a higher number of volunteers would be needed in order to investigate the educational level and wealthiness influences in the observed correlations. Supported by CAPES

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    American College of Sports Medicine; 46th Annual Meeting; Washington State; Convention & Trade Center; June 2-5, 1999

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